5 Leather Brands Creating Sustainable Employment Opportunities in Developing Countries

Leather products provide a lot of employment opportunities in developing countries. Here are five brands that are I encourage you to support as their missions help provide steady jobs in developing communities and encourage individuals to lift themselves out of poverty.

Lazarus Artisan Goods: High Quality Leather Goods

Leather That Gives Back

Lazarus Artisan Goods crafts high quality leather products in Honduras and Haiti and focusing on community development. Through their non-profit, Mission Lazarus, team members focus on three core areas in the community: education, medical, and agricultural outreaches. The three components of Mission Lazarus are carried out through the social enterprise, Lazarus Artisan Goods, and a spiritual approach which focuses on the growth of the whole individual, not simply just providing jobs. Mission Lazarus has schools in Honduras and Haiti both offering academic and vocational programs side by side. The vocational school focuses on skills such as leather working, welding, and sewing. Upon completion of the vocational program some graduates are offered a job creating Mission Lazarus products. In 2017, Lazarus Artisan Goods employed 100 individuals full-time and 50 individuals seasonally in Honduras with an additional 20 community members employed in Haiti. Lazarus Artisan Goods are incredibly high quality with a wide range in product. Their products have life time guarantee, if something goes wrong with the stitching or craft of the product Lazarus Artisan Goods will replace the item for customers.

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ABLE: Fun & Fashionable

ABLE employs and empowers women living in developing countries to create economic growth and reduce poverty. Women are paid fair wages and provided with a safe work environment.  ABLE chooses to invest in women because when women are paid well and empowered, this makes their children less vulnerable to poverty. ABLE’s leather products are mainly produced in Ethiopia, as ABLE’s founder lived in Ethiopia and witnessed the poverty first hand. ABLE’s products are fun, fashion forward, and designed for the modern woman.

Haiti Made: Affordable Leather Accessories

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Haiti Made is empowering Haitians through sustainable employment, fair wages, and community. Their beautiful leather products are handmade by dedicated employees and crafted using locally sourced leather. As Haitians are incredibly dedicated workers, founder Will wanted to start a social enterprise that would empower the Haitians to learn new skills, pay fair wages, and encourage Haitians to lift themselves out of poverty.  It is reported that one job in Haiti supports up to fifteen people because of the tight-knit, family oriented culture (Haiti Made). Therefore, sustainable employment is one of the key components for a brighter future. As of 2017, this amazing social enterprise has provided employment for 35 Haitians. Haiti Made carries a fun mix of leather accessories, home goods, and travel products.

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Darzah: Ethical Leather Bags & Stylish Shoes

Darzah is a non-profit that is part of a project of Child's Cup Full, a non-profit women's economic empowerment initiative. Darzah’s work is focused in Palestine working to provide training and job opportunities for some of the most marginalized individuals in the northern region. Darazah is a Fair Trade Federation member ensuring they treat their employees well, pay them fairly, and provide a safe working environment. Darzah’s products encompass beautiful stitching techniques combined with long lasting leather.

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Nisolo: Minimalist Style

Nisolo works with artisans in Peru, paying them fair wages and creating a safe work environment. Nisolo uses leather that is a by-product of the meat industry to prevent an excess in materials and use the resources currently available. Nisolo’s transparent supply chain makes it easy for customers to know they are doing good by purchasing Nisolo products. Nisolo’s high quality leather bags and shoes present a minimalistic style and are perfect for work.

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