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Our Story

An artisan employed at WorldCrafts' first artisan group, Thai Country Trim in Bangkla, Thailand.
An artisan employed at WorldCrafts' first artisan group, Thai Country Trim in Bangkla, Thailand.

WorldCrafts develops sustainable, fair-trade businesses among impoverished people around the world. Our vision is to offer an income with dignity and the hope of everlasting life to every person on earth.

Established in 1996, WorldCrafts began with just one artisan group, Thai Country Trim, in Bangkla, Thailand. Today we work with numerous artisan groups to import and sell hundreds of fine, handcrafted items from many countries around the globe. And we still work with Thai Country Trim, helping them employ more and more women at risk of abuse and exploitation. That’s who we are. Committed. Holistic. Fair Trade.

We are committed to the in-country partners and artisan groups with whom we work. Our aim is to develop viable employment for women and men in poverty. Why? So women no longer need to turn to prostitution for their next meal. So fathers and mothers can provide education and nutrition to their children.

We are holistic. Our artisan groups seek to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of their workers. Men and women receive job training and enjoy comfort, camaraderie, friendship, and purpose, perhaps for the first time. Women find a safe haven and receive counseling as they leave the sex industry. Individuals and families discover the abundant life and see that life lived out in front of them.

We are fair trade.  WorldCrafts abides by and requires all partnering artisan groups to abide by Fair Trade Federation guidelines. Fair-trade buyers, such as WorldCrafts, ensure that artisans receive fair wages and the goods purchase were produced in an ethical and environmentally-friendly manner.

WorldCrafts is a division of WMU.

“Without our partnership with WorldCrafts, we could not have started a business here in the Bronx. WorldCrafts is helping us create and keep jobs for people in our neighborhood. This is not only helping with much needed financial help to these families but is building self-esteem and drawing them closer to God.” —Kerri Johnson, artisan contact with Graffiti 2 Works
“I support and love WorldCrafts because it has such a global impact on everyday people. It is a ministry that changes the world by giving hope to the hopeless, by teaching men and women about His love. It allows artisans to release a beautiful talent and gift of artistry that they have been given them, and provides a better way of life that can be passed on their families. It truly is a showing of His goodness and faithfulness.” —Susan Bartholomew, WMU Director, Baldwin (Alabama) Baptist Association