Source: Ecofilmfest, Friday, 18 September 2009
The "eco-baskets" from Salaam Wanita are the voice of disadvantaged women in Malaysia. Each basket is hand-woven from used magazines by low-income mothers to support their families from their own homes.
When you purchase a handcrafted basket, box or tote:
Help one woman
And help her family
Spread the ripple of economic self-reliance and inner strength to others around her
Inspire her community
The Salaam Wanita (SW) project, launched in June 2002, is a component of www.justmarketing.info. Their members are the urban poor who live all over the Klang Valley and Ipoh. They include single mothers, homemakers, disabled women, patients with chronic illnesses, and women who are the primary care takers of dependents or those with chronic illnesses.
The first batch of SW members were trained in Eco-Basket weaving in 2003 so that they can earn a living, achieve self-reliance and be weaned off welfare. Eco-Baskets are hand-woven from recycled magazines/ flyers with a water-based eco-friendly lacquer finish. The baskets are sold through an online store at www.justmarketing.info and SW members are paid at least 50% of the retail prices, under Fair Trade guidelines for fair wages.
Over the years, the skilled weavers have come up with amazingly artistic and versatile baskets of various designs, gift boxes, tissue boxes, CD/ DVD holders, pencil holders and key chains. The products make great souvenirs, door/ VIP/ corporate gifts and hamper baskets. For special events, the women will even weave the products using corporate logo paper.
The income earned through Eco-Basket sales has an immense impact on the lives of SW women; it goes towards paying school fees, food and medical costs.
Most of all, SW members are learning to make decisions and assert control over their own lives. Gaining dignity is the path to empowerment. Help them to help themselves.
For further details, visit their online store at www.justmarketing.info.