Looking for ethical brands who want our ladies to handknit some gorgeous knitwear!

 Diamanta knitting workshop, Ayacucho

These Peruvian ladies are just about to finish knitting for fall-winter in the North- Western hemisphere! Will you help them find conscious brands in the other side of the world so that they can keep on knitting instead of going home without a proper income? We are looking for knitwear brands in Australia, Japan, NZ or even in South-Amerika!

Thanx for sharing!

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Emiel De Baere: Who is he?

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Emiel De Baere :

“How should I introduce myself?” 

When I read Solid's vacancy, I knew immediately that this was for me.

Please allow me to explain.

To begin with, I have always worked in the part of the clothing industry that strives for profit. There is little wrong with that, but on the other hand, we all know that the clothing industry tends to be capitalism "at its purest".

It all depends how you chose your purpose.

İt’s a slow turning in life to know that to be of service to others is the most fulfilling life of all.

 

So…

After eight years working for a large chain clothing company as an international buyer and as a young man; with it’s retail in 4 countries, and having seen a lot of production in the Far East, I decided not to go further in this nicely pre-planned career.

A great job, but this was often too much in my face of what I was doing. This is a slow process when success is not in line with who you really are.

 
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So, then I changed sides and worked from behind the curtain for a while until I became a visible partner in a Turkish production company. 

The final plan - of everything I had learned in 8 years at We International - was not to produce for the large chain companies, but rather in the niche of smaller brand names and designers. The strategy was a great success, but took some time to get there.

We paid our employees in Turkey far above the sector average because we had the right product and gave meticulous service to our customers.

There also developed an increasingly social role for me in the company. Twenty or so years ago, Turkey was and still is a difficult country to be a worker.

I inspired profit sharing for our employees and played a protective and emancipative role within my team. I was in the board of directors all at the same time. This social part was not always an easy task.

After this experience, I continued to work with the same model and with different companies in Turkey, while also following the developments in the European retail sector and working on the evolution “branding”.

 

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Solid is a challenge with a whole other intention than purely profit driven. But I would prefer not to neglect the opportunity to sustain our activities with a competitive market realism.

Of course I know better than anyone else that clothing production in the development of the global economy, has often degenerated into a system of exploitation.

But that was not always the case and today, it is still not necessarily the fate of the average worker in this sector.

 

My challenge is to align the production and the market strategy and to work towards economic sustainability in the longer term. I hope to be able to contribute with Lyn in strategy and creativity as well.

I will undoubtedly learn as much from all of you as I feel that I can now use my knowledge in the right place.

 

There is a lot of work to be done but there are many socio-economic developments that indicate that for the future and with our mutual efforts, we have the wind in our sails.

So, here our match with Solid Clean Clothing and Crafts.

 

Thank you very much Lyn, for setting up a magic enterprise. It is a great idea that comes straight from the heart and it took tremendous patience and dedication.

I am very honoured that I was chosen for this challenge and honestly, I find it a golden opportunity in my personal and professional life.

 

In the hope of meeting you all very soon,

Emiel

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I’m deeply impressed of the progress that Jovem and the youngsters have made…

Started 3 years ago … And look where we’re standing now! 

3 years ago … we started the Jovem project: an experience oriented agricultural training for enterprising youth in the Ayacuchan Andes in Peru. In this training they learn agricultural technical skills like entrepreneurship and business management. In addition, we also work on the personal development of the kids.

Jovem gives young people the chance to learn to be able to build a better and sustainable future in the countryside. After the first year with Jovem the Peruvian team already had enough experience to continue the project on their own and I returned to Belgium.

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Now, 2 years later, I got the opportunity to go back to Ayacucho. I’m deeply impressed of the progress that the project and the youngsters have made. Honestly, at the begin it was quite difficult to motive the kids and their parents and make them enthusiastic about the training. But dogged does it. The first levy just graduated and are now enterprising farmers with growing enterprises like apiarist, growing strawberries / vegetables, breeding fat chickens or pigs of keeping laying hens, …

I fact, the youngsters don’t do this alone. They draw their family, parents, brothers and sisters into this. They pass their knowledge and experience on and turn it into a family business. And what with the profits? Many amongst them invest these in their future and follow a preparatory year to study at the university or they even already study at the university a.o. as agricultural engineer. Given the low level of education, the limited financial resources and the often low self-esteem that’s not an obvious step for young people from the countryside. And what's even more exciting, they also let other young people dream. Last year at least 1500 pupils from the city came to visit the Montefino farm and the Jovem project. They also looked at the small enterprises of the youngsters. Our once so shy and introvert youngsters now explained full of pride how they run their business, what successes they achieve but also the obstacles they encounter. Many of the visitors went home with a lot of ideas and much hope.

Our first youngsters have developed into confident, innovative and initiating farmers. What used to be an unattainable dream for them, is now reality! This project has an incredibly greater impact than I ever dreamed!

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And of course Nelson Mandela is right:

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world!”

Hannelore Colpaert

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ORGANIC COTTON

Did you know..? Some facts about ‘regular’ and organic cotton.

For sure you have some cotton clothes in your wardrobe. Cotton is one of the most all-round fabrics in the world and one of the most used fabrics in the textile industry

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A natural fiber, fine … Ok, natural is correct: it is an agricultural product.

But did you know that cotton is a very polluting ‘natural’ product?

4 Facts about Cotton:

1.     For the conversion of cotton for one T-shirt of 250 grams, cotton farmers use till 500 grams of agricultural poison.

2.     Cotton cultivation is the number one in the use of pesticides in comparison to all other agricultural crops. More concrete, 16% of the total pesticides are used for only 2.5% of the total agricultural land.

3.     Cotton is mainly cultivated in India and China. One of the major problems is that local farmers don’t know how to use pesticides. They often work without protection, don’t wash themselves with hot water so the toxins are absorbed in through their skin and they get seriously ill after some years. This has some big consequences for the whole family.

4.     The average water used to grow 1 kg of cotton is 10 000 litres of water.

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 Organic Cotton 

Biological cotton, Eco cotton or organic cotton is grown without toxic pesticides.

Natural enemies like ladybirds and plant extracts ensure that the cotton crops are not affected by harmful insects. Also crop cultivation is used to maintain the nutrients in the soil. Compare it with your organic tomatoes.

Organic cotton is handpicked in the old-fashioned way. To pick the organic cotton mechanically, chemical defoliant would be used which is not allowed.  

In the workshop of Solid in India – i.e. Paces Crafts – we only work with real natural raw materials. For cotton this means that we only use organic cotton for our beautiful fabrics, textiles, cushions, carpets, … (besides peace silk etc.) No compromises for us!

Do you also want to have the best fabrics and take care of our planet and people: contact Solid Crafts at crafts@solidinternational.be

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Friday – Solid Crafts Inspirational Session

Fair fashion inspiration session  – hosted by Lyn Verelst, general manager Solid

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Do you also like to take the initiative?

Do you, like Solid, also want to start something sustainable in crafts, lifestyle, fashion, deco?

Belgium appears to be full of committed people who want to roll up their sleeves. Nice!

A lot of questions about this are currently going to Lyn, general manager and initiator of Solid vzw, who liked to respond to this.

However, Lyn is only one woman and the questions are many…

So we thought: why not make an interesting questions-happening?

Once every 2 months there will be: Solid Crafts Inspirational Session.

The next one is March 15th 4.30 pm – 6.30 pm.

 

Nothing but PROFIT POINTS:

The questions and requests are bundled and can then be asked, so everyone can profit from it… 

Ideas are exchanged…

The participants learn from each other’s items… 

Questions and themes can also be introduced in advance so that Lyn can respond to it…

And you take the answers home!

 All of this for free! Maybe you can support the initiatives of Solid in return.

Your voluntary contributions to our fair workshops can be done on the account number 523-0808634-20 with notification ‘Support Solid Inspirational – crafts’.  

APPOINTMENT AT THE OFFICES OF SOLID VZW, KORTRIJKSESTEENWEG 697, 9000 GENT ON FRIDAY MARCH 15 FROM 4.30 PM - 6.30 PM.

Please contact Inge to confirm your attendance: inge@solidinternational.be - 0032 473 93 76 19. And please forward us your approach and most important questions. This way Lyn can prepare herself even more carefully.

 YOU ARE VERY WELCOME.

WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO IT!

 Solid

International Mother language

Today it is International Mother language day. Sadri is the local language in Rampur where our workshop is located. To honour the local culture and to keep it alive we use typical Sadri songs during our parties. On the picture you can see the lyrics of the welcoming song during our open day in November ‘18.

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“Blooming like a Ficus tree.

Flourishing like a Mango flower.

My heart is dancing.

My heart is swinging.

Today, my mood is happy

O yeah! My mood is happy.

                      

The Cuckoo is singing in the forest

The deer is dancing with pleasure

O yeah! My mood is happy.

                     

Why is the Bumblebee happy?

The Magnolia is fascinating my heart.

O yeah! My mood is happy.”

New kid on the block @ Solid in India, Paces Crafts: welcome Sandeep

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After doing an internship at Solids workshop in India, i.e. Paces Crafts, for 4 months, we are very happy Sandeep will stay with us permanently.

During his internship his focus was Human Resources and this will stay his main focus together with local communication. We know Sandeep as a hardworking person who understands the values within Solids workshop Paces Crafts fully, a perfect match!  

Read here why Sandeep feels connected with Solid & the workshop Paces Crafts and decided to stay with us:

“I came to work @ Solids Indian workshop Paces Crafts as an intern.
I had the thought of learning new things about running a startup and the challenges faced by the company.

I not only wanted to learn as much as possible, but also wanted to give back in return by my hard work and dedication.

I used to do all the work I was given so that I could learn more about the company and the reason why the company was running in remote location such as Rampur. I had lot of questions for Indra, the local general manager. I used to keep questioning her, how did she survive for so long in a foreign country. I got the answer a few days after I started working in the workshop Paces Crafts. The Paces Crafts’ family is so welcoming and so lovable that I fell in love with this place.

I didn’t have to push myself to come to work, I felt happy working here.
The connection I made with the Solid & Paces Crafts’ family motivated me to come to work and give my best.

Even though Indra, the local general manager, is not from India, she cares a lot about the employees of the workshop as if it’s her own family. That makes me overwhelmed.
Indra once told me the reason for opening this company was not only for making products but also making the women of Rampur visible to the world.
I always wanted to work for such a cause, where everyone matters.
Solid focuses Paces Crafts fon the idea of Fair trade and being ecofriendly. Paces Crafts not only strives to influence the life of its employees but also the people and the clients who are associated with the running of the company, from the production of the raw materials to the delivery of the finished products to the customers.
I am happy to stay a part of Solid and Paces Crafts since I will work as HR and communication support from now on.”
— Sandeep Lakra

Visit from Jyoti in Rampur

Very recently, Caro from Jyoti – fair works visited the workshop of Solid in Rampur, India being Paces Crafts.

Jyoti – fair works is a fashion brand that produces beautiful, timeless and sustainable clothes with our handloom fabrics.

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Jyoti wants to make sure that everybody across the supply chain can live on what they earn.

Moreover, it is their top priority to minimise the environmental impacts of textile production.

We from Solid Crafts strongly identify with their mission and are very proud to be part of their inspiring story.

One of our Indian weavers asked her why she chose to work with our workshop Paces Crafts. Caro answered that they are very satisfied with the quality of our fabrics. People often think that they are made from silk because they are so soft. But actually they are made from organic cotton.

The eyes of our artisans were sparkling with pride when they heard the compliments on the quality of their work.

Thank you for visiting us Caro, it was a pleasure to have you here. Always welcome to visit again the Solid family at India with our Paces Crafts workshop!

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Such a perfect day...

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After the success of last year’s Picnic, the Indian Solid-team decided to make this a yearly teambuilding event. This year the team of the Solid workshop Paces Crafts went to Perwaghagh falls. Two and a half hour driving from Rampur where our workshop is located.

From the moment the bus started driving the atmosphere was perfect.

Our artisans started singing, so the long drive suddenly seemed very short.

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Once arrived at the beautiful picnic spot, the whole team helped preparing the chicken, rice, dahl and mixed vegetables. After having lunch they enjoyed themselves by singing and dancing, some of them even took a swim in the waterfall.

The day was wonderful. They definitely succeeded in their goal to bond even more within the Solid Crafts - Paces family!

They are all looking forward to continue making the best fabrics and garments for you!!”

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India: National Girl child day (24 January)

“Here is to strong women, may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them”

Today it is #Nationalgirlchildday in India.

It is celebrated to increase the awareness about the inequalities girls face in society like inequality in education, nutrition, legal rights, medical care, protection, honour, child marriage and many others.

The artisans of the Solid workshop ‘Paces Crafts’ are an example for their families and community by showing how much potential women have.

Let their daughters live in a world with less inequality!

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We proudly present you Laura! She recently joined the team of Solid Food.

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However, she is not a newbie at Solid. Before really joining, she worked a year as a volunteer in Ayacucho, Peru mostly working for – indeed – Solid Food.

Read here some of Laura’s reflections after finishing her volunteering job, which she did great! By the way, at this moment, she is ‘on air’, flying to her beloved Ayacucho and working with the quinoa collegues of Solid Food.

 

“Eating Andean potatoes with Hapchi  and reflecting my (already 9 months) time spent in Ayacucho, I can only come to the conclusion ‘time flies when being busy’.

One year ago, I needed a complete overhaul and decided to spend my time to do volunteering abroad. After a  first demotivating search on the internet, I’ve contacted an organization that appeared to be a client of the organization ‘Solid’ (until that moment a still unknown organization) who provided me with the contact details of Solid. From that moment on, everything accelerated really quickly… 6 weeks later I found myself standing in Schiphol Airport, looking for the flight number of Schiphol-Lima.

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Solid accepted my volunteering, particularly to support the organization with financial insights. As I had gained financial experience over the past few years and since Solid Peru was up for some major optimizations to their reporting, cost calculations and pricing, every help was welcome.

Arrived in Ayacucho I was surprised and intrigued by Solid’s many social and commercial projects; as I’ve got to know the entire organization, I can state that Solid may be proud of its significant contribution to the local society.  I’ve met some inspiring people, interesting colleagues and grateful participants of our social projects; I gained new insights in managing a company and I firmly believe in the organization’s business model. As corporate social responsibility becomes more and more important, the set-up of a hybrid company where commercial projects support social projects, with the necessary cash flow, is a very sustainable alternative of managing a company. The added value, locally, not only is measurable in terms of financial resources or growth but even in real life changes in the lives of underprivileged girls, adolescents and farmers.

However, it wasn’t always a piece of cake: to live alone in an isolated city, no one who speaks English, adapting to a different way of living and mind set,… Subsequently, gaining trust of local employees, placing myself in their work methods and trying to elaborate a collaboration,… at times all very exhausting but at the end of the day also very fulfilling.

Living in Ayacucho, a city in the middle of the Andes and until today very isolated, is like stepping back 50 years in time. Farmers in the surrounding villages often only speak quechua (the original Inca language), grow old in isolated ‘pueblos’ and live of their own resources: a few cows, some chickens and a part of their own cultivations like potatoes, quinoa, type of beans,… In the city center, at first glance, you can still see the local citizens dressed in their typical colorful clothing and matching hats selling herbs, fresh fruit and vegetables. There’s a pleasant liveliness with a vibrant culture of locale dance, music and religious festivities. To adapt again to the Belgian life won’t be easy but I will cherish this rich experience as it has contributed to the person I am today.”

Laura Joosten

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“Reflecterend over de voorbije maanden en genietend van de papas Andinas con Hapchi (een typisch sausje op basis van de lokale kaas), kan ik maar tot één besluit komen: 9 maanden vliegen voorbij als je de handen uit de mouwen steekt.

Ondertussen een jaar geleden, had ik nood aan een drastische verandering; de gedachte om tijd in het buitenland door te brengen, speelde al langer en ik besloot dan ook om enkele maanden als vrijwilliger te werken in een onderontwikkeld land. De zoektocht naar vrijwilligerswerk verliep oorspronkelijk niet even vlot, tot ik een modemerk aanschreef die handelde in kledij van Alpaca wol en klant bleek te zijn van een Belgische organisatie, genaamd ‘Solid’. Met de contactgegevens van Solid op zak, kwam alles heel snel in een stroomversnelling terecht en amper 6 weken later bevond ik mij in de luchthaven van Schiphol op zoek naar het vluchtnummer ‘Schiphol – Lima’.

Solid ging enthousiast in op mijn aanbod om als vrijwilliger de Peruviaanse projecten te voorzien van nieuwe financiële inzichten. Over de afgelopen jaren heb ik verschillende ervaringen opgedaan in de ‘financiële wereld’ en aangezien Solid Peru, met oog op groei, klaar was om enkele optimalisaties door te voeren met betrekking tot rapportering, kost calculatie en prijszetting, was alle hulp “bienvenido”!

Aangekomen in Ayacucho was ik aangenaam verrast en geïntrigeerd door de omvang van Solid Peru’s vele sociale en commerciële projecten. Nadat ik in vogelvlucht de projecten ter plaatse had bezocht, was de lokale impact van de organisatie al heel snel duidelijk. In de voorbije maanden ben ik in contact gekomen met boeiende persoonlijkheden, enthousiaste collega’s en dankbare leden van onze projecten; ook heb ik nieuwe inzichten verworven in hoe een onderneming efficiënt te managen.

In de wereld van vandaag waarin maatschappelijk verantwoord ondernemen steeds belangrijker wordt, is de creatie van een ‘hybride’ onderneming, waarbij de commerciële projecten de sociale projecten ondersteunen met de nodige cash flow, een heel interessant en duurzaam alternatief van bedrijfsvoering. De toegevoegde waarde uit zich niet enkel in monetaire termen of groei van de onderneming maar eveneens in de directe impact in het leven van kansarme meisjes, adolescenten en boeren.

Het was echter niet enkel rozengeur en maneschijn: het alleen leven, zo goed als niemand die zich in het Engels kan uitdrukken, het aanpassen aan een andere manier van leven en denken,… Daarbij komend, op professioneel vlak, het kweken van vertrouwen bij de lokale collega’s, het aanpassen aan de andere werkmethodes en het bekomen van een duurzame samenwerking… allemaal vrij vermoeiend, maar op het einde van de dag ook heel verrijkend.

Het voelde alsof het leven in Ayacucho, een stad(je) midden in de Andes en tot op de dag van vandaag vrij geïsoleerd, een stap terug was in de tijd. De boeren in de nabijgelegen dorpjes spreken vaak enkel Quechua (de originele Inca taal) en leven van hun eigen gekweekte en geteelde producten: een paar koeien, een handvol kippen en een door hun bewaarde stock aan quinoa, aardappelen en bonen. De straten van Ayacucho worden gekenmerkt door de lokale bevolking gekleed in de typische, kleurrijke kledij met de obligatoire hoed; waar men in grote, verse markten groenten, fruit, “chaplas” (typische broodjes), kruiden en zoveel meer verkopen. Er heerst een broeierige, levendige sfeer en de boeiende cultuur van lokale dans, muziek en religieuze festiviteiten maken het leven in Ayacucho des te interessanter. Het opnieuw aanpassen aan het leven in België zal niet gemakkelijk zijn, maar ik zal deze ervaring blijven koesteren als het heeft bijgedragen tot de persoon die ik ben de dag van vandaag.”

 

Laura Joosten

Visit of Hannelore to Jovem-project of Solid in Ayacucho, Peru and the youngsters after 2 years…

Hannelore Colpaert worked hard for 2 years to set up and realize the Solid youth training Jovem in Ayacucho, Peru.

She was really involved in the setting-up of this hands-on formation. She placed the first stones and really worked out the training with the Solid team - like Rosalvina Vilchez Aramburu, Juan Víctor Flores Martínez, Efrain Efra Efrain, Edgar Achallma Cayllahua, ..... and the youngsters.

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She had not been in Ayacucho, Peru for two years.

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Now she is back in Ayacucho for a while and immersed herself again in all the Solid projects on the spot - certainly the Jovem project.

She met 'her' youngsters of that time....

 

Read here what Hannelore Colpaert says about it herself.

"After 2 years back in Ayacucho I am very impressed with the results we achieve with the Jovem project. The young people have grown into self-assured, innovative, initiating farmers and rural entrepreneurs! And teach this to their families. Some of them continue studying at university thanks to the profits they make with their small business. What used to be an unattainable dream for them is now reality! Unbelievable! This is more than I ever dared to dream! 🎆😍".

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 Hannelore Colpaert, so happy that you are there again and can see and feel this for yourself. Your commitment and the seeds you planted, together with the Solid colleagues in Ayacucho, made all this possible. Thank you so much! 💪🏿💪🏿😍

 

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Solids Indian workshop Paces Crafts fights human trafficking and slavery

January has been designated as National slavery and Human trafficking prevention month.

 

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“In order to prevent women and children from being trafficked, we must develop economies that create legitimate jobs and build a global sense of justice that says no child or women should ever be exploited. This month every nation, every community and every individual needs to fight human trafficking wherever it exists.” (Presidential proclamation 2014, Barack Obama)

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In Jharkhand, where the Indian Solid workshop ‘Paces Crafts’ is situated, thousands of girls and women are trafficked each year.

Since these girls and women don’t see a future for themselves in the village, they don’t see another way out and believe the traffickers when they promise them an education and job in the city.

Unfortunately, false promises…

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With Solid we believe that by offering a decent job in the remote villages these women will less probably emigrate to the big cities in search of a better destiny where they often end up in situations of abuse or extreme poverty.

By paying them fair wages and empowering them economically and socially, Solid and Paces Crafts aim to enable future generations the chance for improved education and livelihood.

 

#humantrafficking #humantraffickingawareness #fightforfreedom #SocialJustice #endtrafficking #modernslavery #antislavery #socialenterprise #fairtrade #slowfashion #India #Jharkand #

 

IRMA HAS HER OWN STORY…

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My name is Irma and I am 23 years old. I am a single mom and I live with my grandfather and grandmother. My 8-year-old son is in the third grade of primary school. To earn something I do embroidery. They pay me a small wage as the work progresses.

My mother left me with my grandparents when I was a baby. I still don’t know why. It still hurts a lot. I would’ve loved to grow up with my mother because I really needed her when I was a young adolescent. Because of that lack, I feel a lot of resentment in me and because of that I treat my son wrong in my turn. I shout at him and sometimes hit him too.

When Yovana from Solid Peru came to my village and visited me for the first time, she said that we would work it out together to ensure that we can live well and happy. And I thought: “How will that be?”.

She asked me how I wanted to see my son in 15 years if I continued like that. I had never thought of the future of my child! She also asked me about my childhood and made me realize that I should not have grudge. She was going to help me get over it bit by bit so that I could live quietly. Thanks to the visit and the conversation with the Solid coach I felt much better.

Yovana from Solid visits me every month and every time I learn something new. Today I learned to recognize my emotions and what I can do to not feel bad. Or to ensure that other would not feel bad.

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During her visit this month, she taught me how to raise my son with kindness and steadfastness. I now understand that I caused him a lot of damage by shouting at him and sometimes hitting him. And that while I thought I corrected him in a good way!

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Before I cooked on an open fire. Yovana from Solid, however, explained to us that the smoke is harmful to the lungs and eyes. When I realized that, I started to improve my kitchen. I dreamed of a different kitchen and now I have one. My grandfather helped me with the work.

My new kitchen does not smoke and it uses less wood. In order to be able to pay it, my grandparents and I have put together  some money and we can pay Solid in two installments. A cupboard is still missing, but it still needs to be painted. My grandparents, my son and I are very happy with it.

So in the end, everything went well anyway!

 

Ik heet Irma en ben 23 jaar. Ik ben een alleenstaande mama en woon samen met mijn grootvader en grootmoeder. Mijn zoontje van 8 zit in het derde jaar van de basisschool. Om iets te verdienen doe ik boorduurwerk. Ze betalen mij een klein loon naargelang het werk vordert.

Mijn moeder heeft mij bij mijn grootouders achtergelaten toen ik nog een baby was. Ik weet nog altijd niet waarom. Dat doet nog steeds veel pijn. Ik was zo graag bij mijn moeder opgegroeid want ik had haar erg nodig toen ik een jonge adolescent was. Door dat gemis voel ik veel wrok in mij en daardoor behandel ik mijn zoon op mijn beurt helemaal verkeerd. Ik roep tegen hem en sla hem soms ook.

Toen Yovana van Solid Peru naar mijn dorp kwam en me voor de eerste keer bezocht zei ze dat we er samen gingen voor zorgen dat we goed en gelukkig kunnen leven. En ik dacht: “ Hoe zal dat zijn???”

Ze vroeg me hoe ik mijn zoon wilde zien over 15 jaar als ik zo voort deed. Ik had nog nooit aan de toekomst van mijn kind gedacht! Ze vroeg me ook naar mijn jeugd en deed me inzien dat ik geen rancune moet hebben. Ze ging me helpen om er beetje bij beetje over te geraken zodat ik rustig verder kon leven. Door het bezoek en het gesprek met de coach van Solid voelde ik mij al veel beter.

Yovana van Solid bezoekt mij elke maand en telkens leer ik iets anders. Vandaag leerde ik mijn emoties te herkennen en wat ik kan doen om me niet slecht te voelen. Of ervoor te zorgen dat anderen zich niet slecht zouden voelen.

Tijdens haar bezoek deze maand, heeft ze me geleerd hoe ik mijn zoon kan opvoeden met vriendelijkheid en standvastigheid. Ik begrijp nu dat ik hem veel schade toebracht door te roepen en hem soms te slaan. En dàt terwijl ik dacht dat ik hem op een goede manier corrigeerde!

Voordien kookte ik op een open vuur. Yovana van Solid legde ons echter uit dat de rook schadelijk is voor de longen en de ogen. Toen ik dat besefte begon ik mijn keuken te verbeteren. Ik droomde van een andere keuken en nu heb ik er een. Mijn grootvader heeft me geholpen bij de werken. Mijn nieuwe keuken rookt niet en ze verbruikt weinig hout. Om ze te kunnen betalen hebben mijn grootouders en ik samengelegd en we mogen van Solid betalen in twee termijnen. Er ontbreekt nog juist een kast, maar die moet nog geverfd worden. Mijn grootouders, mijn zoon en ikzelf zijn er ontzettend blij mee.

Uiteindelijk kwam alles dus toch nog goed!!...

The story of Joel – rural future entrepreneur because of Jovem – Solid, Peru

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‘My name is Joel Asto Prado and I live in Munaypata, a little town in the mountains of Ayacucho, Peru, with my parents. My dad has been working in Pisco since this year. He only comes home every 3 months. So I stay behind with my mom. My mom is fully devoted to our cows to earn some money. I am going to high school in Allpachaka.

In March of this year Rosa and José from Solid visited our school to talk about the Jovem training. We had a very interesting workshop with them. We were able to nominate ourselves for the Jovem training. Solid and Jovem believe it is important that our parents support the training and support their children. Because my parents could not be present, I was not selected and therefore I was very sad. I knew they were strict at Jovem. If you do not show up without a valid reason, you cannot continue the program. My classmates knew how much I wanted to join and told me that someone had been expelled for this reason. So I immediately called Rosa and José and asked them if I could join the training. I was very glad they accepted me. I went home with great joy and discussed it with my parents. They supported me.

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I learned so much in the Jovem training this year. About agriculture, crops, quinoa, livestock, animals and about entrepreneurship and business. But also about myself. And I think that is equally important and valuable. It helps me a lot to develop myself as a person, to learn to appreciate myself, to build my confidence, to set goals for myself and to try to achieve them.

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Ik ben Joel Asto Prado en woon in Munaypata, een dorpje in de bergen van Ayacucho, Peru met mijn ouders. Mijn papa werkt sinds dit jaar in Pisco. Hij komt maar om de 3 maanden thuis. Ik blijf dus achter met mijn mama. Mijn mama wijdt zich volledig aan onze koeien om zo wat centjes te verdienen. Zelf ga ik naar de middelbare school in Allpachaka.

In maart van dit jaar bezochten Rosa en José van Solid van de Jovem-opleiding onze school. We hadden een super interessante workshop met hen. . We konden ons kandidaat stellen voor de Jovem opleiding. Solid en Jovem vinden het belangrijk dat ouders achter de opleiding staan en hun kinderen steunen. Omdat mijn ouders niet aanwezig konden zijn, werd ik niet geselecteerd en daardoor was ik super triest.. Ik wist dat ze strikt zijn bij Jovem. Als je niet komt opdagen zonder geldige reden, dan mag je het programma niet verder zetten. Mijn klasgenoten wisten hoe graag ik mee wilde doen en vertelden me dat er iemand was uitgezet om deze reden. Ik zocht dus direct Rosa en José op en vroeg me toe te laten tot de opleiding. Ik was blij dat ze ‘ja’ zeiden. Dolgelukkig ging ik naar huis en besprak het verder met mijn ouders. Ze steunden me.

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Ik leerde dit jaar zoveel in de Jovem-opleiding. Zowel over landbouw, gewassen, quinoa, veeteelt, dieren als over ondernemerschap en business. Maar ook over mezelf. En dat vind ik even belangrijk en waardevol. Het helpt me veel om mij als persoon te ontwikkelen, mezelf naar waarde te leren schatten, mijn zelfvertrouwen, doelen voor me te plaatsen en deze proberen te halen.

All India Handicrafts Week

 Last week, it was "All India handicrafts week". During the All India handicrafts week we celebrate the development and welfare of all handicrafts artisans in India. A great opportunity to put our knitting workshop in the spotlight! With Paces Crafts - the workshop of Solid in Ranchi, India - we produce custom made designs for the global market. This interesting cross-fertilisation between international design and traditional Indian handloom techniques opens a new market for the dying craft.

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Human Rights Day – Solids workshop in Ranchi, India shows change

Our world is becoming one in which companies prioritize profits over people's dignity. Brands are taking advantage of people, most of whom are women and living in poverty, allowing employers to pay their workers less than $2 a day, in unsafe working conditions and lacking any rights that employees at regular companies take for granted.

At Solids workshop in Ranchi, India - Paces Crafts -  we want to show the world that doing business differently is possible. Our workers get a fair wage, work in safe working conditions and take use of the rights every human has.

#humanrightsday #humanrights #socialenterprise #fairtrade #handmade#Solid#PacesCrafts

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4th December = World Wildlife Conservation Day

Teresia Mulinge

"I married my husband in 1979 but I've been widowed for 8 years. The basket weaving group has helped me remain more financially stable. With the money I get from selling baskets I was able to pay my children's school fees and buy them uniforms, as well as buy water tanks and solar lights for my home."

- Teresia Mulinge - Kisimenyi Basket Weavers Hadithi

 

When you buy Hadithi handicrafts , you are actively helping to provide an income for 850 ladies from an agricultural community in Kenia.

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The area where they live is a stunning and yet vulnerable ecosystem home to varied and abundant wildlife. However, semi-arid. So, harvests often fail due to a lack of rain and consequently poverty is rife.

They need an income. As everybody needs. So, they often go destruct forests for charcoal, timber and farmland. And poach vulnerable wildlife present, like elephants, zebras, giraffes,….

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So, buy buying the gorgeous, 100% handmade baskets you provide women like Teresia with a real alternative. You really help these women and you protect environment and wildlife.

What a feel-good basket: for you, Teresia and her collegues and the wildlife!

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Watch a short video here to see the weaving ladies in their amazing environment with the wildlife .