Meet the Artisans of BoabArt

  • Metal Artisan in Haiti

    Based in Mozambique, BaobArt is a collective of over twenty artisans from impoverished zones in and around the Maputo City center. Brought together by craft enthusiasts who helped them grow production, the artisans now have access to global markets and with this access comes the ability to support their families and communities. BaobArt artisans produce a wide range of traditionally inspired crafts, specializing in the use of local and renewable wood and recycled materials in stunning jewelry and home decor. The artisan’s extensive training and love for their art is visible in the high quality of each carefully crafted piece.

     


  • Fair Trade Matters!

    Fair Trade Organizations
    At Yoga Geek we feel that the principles of Fair Trade mirror the finest principles of the various Yoga and Meditation traditions and practices that we respect. Fair Trade is a global movement that began in the 40’s and exists now as various parallel initiatives throughout the world. Driven by the efforts of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and socially motivated individuals, Fair Trade began by providing advice, assistance and support to disadvantaged producers. Fair Trade has come to be a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers.

    In keeping with the spirit of the Eight Limbs of Yoga, here are eight reasons we feel so strongly about, and are happy to be offering, Fair Trade products to our Yoga and Meditation communities:

    1. Fair Trade products are made in safe and healthy working conditions, where artisans receive a fair price and have a voice in how their workplace is run.
    2. Fair Trade embraces practices that minimize our environmental footprint.
    3. Artisans take pride in their work. Crafts are handmade, which translates into closer attention to detail and in the end higher-quality products
    4. By working through cooperative structures, Fair Trade artisans are able to invest Fair Trade earnings in their communities, improving housing, healthcare, and schools.
    5. Fair Trade products are unique to the places they come from and the people who make them. Farmers and artisans are involved in the entire process, and Fair Trade products reflect the people and cultures they come from.
    6. Fair Trade gives farmers and artisans control of their own future. They can build their own businesses, rather than working for a middleman, and the profits stay in their communities and go back into their businesses.
    7. By choosing Fair Trade products, you are not only accessing high quality products, you are making a difference in the lives of the people who grow the food you eat and/or the goods you use.
    8. Fair Trade prohibits child labor, ensures health and safety measures are established in order to avoid work-related injuries and follows International Labor Conventions (ILO). Workers are guaranteed access to healthcare and community development premiums can be used to provide greater access to /quality of healthcare and education.

     


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Tibetan Turquoise and Lotus Seed Earrings - Global Groove (Fair Trade) $24.95
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Woolie Finger Puppet - Fox - Wild Woolies (Fair Trade) $9.95
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Woolie Finger Puppet - Raccoon - Wild Woolies (Fair Trade) $9.95
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Woolie Finger Puppet - Lion - Wild Woolies (Fair Trade) $9.95
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Trunk Scrub Shea Soap - Rosemary Mint - Global Mamas (Fair Trade) $5.95
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Zebra Zooties Baby Booties - Silk Road Bazaar (Fair Trade) $25.00
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Skunk Zooties Baby Booties - Silk Road Bazaar (Fair Trade) $25.00
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Tiger Zooties Baby Booties - Silk Road Bazaar (Fair Trade) $25.00
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Squared Dark Blue Tiger Eye Brass Pendant Necklace - Brass Images (Fair Trade) $59.99
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Woven Copper Wire and Colorful Bead Bracelet - Zakali Creations (Fair Trade) $19.99
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White to Black Fused Glass Earrings with Sterling Silver - Tili Glass (Fair Trade) $19.95
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White Maasai Beaded Spike Earrings - Zakali Creations (Fair Trade) $14.99
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Two Stone Onyx Wrap Ring - Artisana (Fair Trade) $19.99
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Twisted Ribbon Brass Earrings - Brass Images (Fair Trade) $29.95
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Turquoise and Alpaca Silver Cross Necklace - Artisana (Fair Trade) $24.99
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Triple Heart Silver Overlay Earrings - Artisana (Fair Trade) $17.49
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Tire and Soda Pull Shoulder Bag - ImagineArte (Fair Trade) $69.95
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Tiger Eye Tear Drop Alpaca Silver Earrings - Artisana (Fair Trade) $19.99
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Tiger Eye and Alpaca Silver Wrap Ring - Artisana (Fair Trade) $19.99
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Tiger Eye Almond Brass Earrings - Brass Images (Fair Trade) $29.95
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Ten Turn Bead and Bone Bracelet - Red & White - CFM (Fair Trade) $19.99
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Ten Turn Bead and Bone Bracelet Forest Greens - CFM (Fair Trade) $19.99
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Ten Turn Bead and Bone Bracelet - Multicolored - CFM (Fair Trade) $19.99
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Strips And Hematite Earrings - Brass Images (Fair Trade) $29.95
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Stamped Recycled Cooking Pot 'Nomad' Earrings - Zakali Creations (Fair Trade) $17.49
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Stamped Recycled Cooking Pot 'Gypsy' Earrings - Zakali Creations (Fair Trade) $17.49
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Stamped Recycled Cooking Pot 'Earth Lover' Earrings - Zakali Creations (Fair Trade) $17.49
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Stamped Recycled Cooking Pot 'Double Leaf' Earrings - Zakali Creations (Fair Trade) $17.49
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Stamped Recycled Cooking Pot 'Cone' Earrings - Zakali Creations (Fair Trade) $17.49
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Small Square Nahua Flower and Alpaca Silver Earrings - Artisana (Fair Trade) $19.99
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Small Polished Stone & Alpaca Silver Pendant - Artisana (Fair Trade) $14.95
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Sky Blue Pearl Glass Bead Earrings - Global Mamas (Fair Trade) $14.95
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Sky Blue Bubble Brass Cuff - Brass Images (Fair Trade) $42.99
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Shine On Hematite Brass Cuff - Brass Images (Fair Trade) $42.99