Today is the one day in the year where we’re celebrating our Mums (even more than usual), a day that is totally focused on recognising the amazing job they do every day. It’s time to thank them for all they’ve done for us and make them feel special.
More than that, this year, we want to pay tribute to all other amazing mothers out there and acknowledge their superpower. So in honour of this year’s Mother’s Day, we’ve put together some stories of the women and mothers at People Tree.
Mothers at People Tree
Alice Maundu, an artisan with Bombolulu, has been in a wheelchair since she lost use of her legs due to polio as a child. The disease left her with weak bones, so she is unable to bear children of her own. But this didn’t stop her becoming a fantastic mother. She adopted two children and regularly looks after her niece and nephew in their school holidays. With such a disability Alice would have found it very difficult to provide for herself let alone live the full life that looking after children brings. She joined our partner producer Bombolulu in 1993 and has since been making Fair Trade jewellery, earning a fair wage to sustain her family.
“I feel terrible when I see disabled people in the streets begging. I am so lucky to be here, safe, secure and with a chance to live a full life.”
Siddharta, the manager at Creative Handicrafts resumes the impact of working with People Tree: “Women with little or no basic education have a chance of becoming financially independent. Truly there is no better joy than to experience smiles on the faces of these women when they speak about becoming financially sustainable and thereby being able to educate their children and create better prospects for them.”
Our Creative Director Tracy Mulligan says: “Being a mother myself, what I appreciate most about working for People Tree is knowing that I am supporting many mothers and continuously contribute to improving lives of the people who make our clothes. Fair Trade guarantees that small scale farmers, artisans and producers receive a fair and stable income enabling them to move to economic self-sufficiency and sustain their families. ”
We can only agree with Tracy and hope to always keep supporting our producers with our ethically crafted garments. If you still need a last-minute gift, head over to our self print-out email vouchers and you’ll be sure she gets a special item she loves. A particularly nice side effect: it is empowering other Moms, what can beat that?
We’re wishing a happy Mother’s Day to all of you!