Gansu Handmade Workshop was established as part of a development program carried out by Cedar Fund and Lanzhou Christian Council in 2008. The workshop provides a platform for China Northwest women to further develop their hand skill, improves their self-confidence, their status in the communities and earning extra incomes for their families.
Since 2009, Hong Kong Fair Trade Power assisted the group in the establishment of cooperative, bring in Fair Trade concept and principles, build up their capacities on management, product design, quality control and help them gain access into the market. In just half year, FAIR CIRCLE has purchase over 6,000 pieces of products from the group and helped 15 women to earn an average RMB 1000. The group is gaining recognition by the local community especially male, and some husbands even assist their wives with farm work and housework, so their wives could concentrate on production. “It was my first time to earn brand new RMB, and I wish to buy a present for my husband.” a women in the group said excitingly.