Redesigning Destinies: Women Changing Their Worlds

by MarketPlace: Handwork of India


MarketPlace is a leading textile Fair Trade nonprofit organization. It provides access to global markets for low-income Indian women by using design to bridge the gap between skills and markets.
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Women in India have always been key agents of change. But poverty prevents women from maintaining good health, adequately nurturing their children and engaging in civic life. Participation in MarketPlace allows women to own businesses and to develop the leadership skills and self-confidence to challenge traditional restrictions concerning women and girls. Expanding this project will touch the lives of 2,000 women artisans, their children and communities. See Photo Gallery.


MarketPlace connects low-income women to global markets. Existing cooperatives mentor new ones in production and management, maintaining the core philosophies. Increasing capacity in design and marketing will ensure viable and sustainable growth.

Long-Term Impact

Giving economic opportunities to a wider group of women will empower them to bring about changes in themselves and their communities. This not only will promote individual growth, but will propel community-wide change and development.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


International Federation for Fair Trade

Organization Information

MarketPlace: Handwork of India

Location: Evanston, Illinois - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Pushpika Freitas
Evanston, Illinois United States

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