Worldstock 2011 Projects

Afghanistan Cottage Industry Program

Afghanistan
Project Category: Cottage Industry
Location: Sheberghan
Notable: Solace's Tania Azizi traveled back to her native city of Sheberghan, located in the Jowzjan Province, in June 2011 to investigate resurrecting the women's cooperatives that first supplied Worldstock with goods in 2005. Azizi is expected to file a report on the project's prospects by September.

Co-Central Coffee Cooperative House Rehabilitation

Colombia
Project Category: House Rehabilitation
Location: Garzon
Notable: Renovation of two community kitchens to be used by families of the coffee cooperative.

Nueva Vida Women's Cooperative

Colombia
Project Category: Cottage Industry
Location: Cali
Notable: Located in a squatter community, the cooperative is training women in jewelry production, providing materials and fair wage salaries for the production of 3,000 pieces of jewelry.

Nepal Cottage Industry Program

Nepal
Project Category: Cottage Industry
Location: Kathmandu and outlying villages
Notable: Creation of a business training center, workshop, and retail space for production of jewelry and fashion by artisans of Nepal. Profits from this project are expected to allow for construction of a three-room schoolhouse in Kathmandu by the end of 2012.

Malawi Children's Village Water Project

Malawi
Project Category: Water/Sanitation
Location: Mangochi
Notable: Solace field staff is supervising, in partnership with Engineers Without Borders, construction of a pipeline from Lake Malawi as well as a public spigot, a pump house, and a high-quality filtration system for the Malawi Children's Village (MCV) to provide potable water for the entire campus.

Fish Farm Expansion

Malawi
Project Category: Agriculture
Location: Mangochi
Notable: Expansion of Solace's Mangochi Fish Farm, now the highest producing hatchery in Malawi, to include new ponds for catfish.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Community Washroom

Liberia
Project Category: Water/Sanitation
Location: Monrovia
Notable: Pilot project for a sanitation system. First phase includes developing separate sections for both men and women to use a toilet and shower in a high-traffic area of the city. Washroom will generate a small income meant to cover the salaries and maintenance of the washroom.

Monrovia Wells

Liberia
Project Category: Water/Sanitation
Location: Monrovia
Notable: Two water wells were dug and capped in the capitol city's dense urban slums -- areas that have no access to water.

Riverside School Latrines

Liberia
Project Category: Water/Sanitation
Location: Riverside
Notable: Built composting toilet units at the school, which houses 300 children.

Belle Yella School Teacher Salaries

Liberia
Project Category: School
Location: Belle Yella
Notable: Project is providing salaries for teachers and administrators to run the Belle Yella school more efficiently.

Casa del Ninos Children's Home

Guatemala
Project Category: Orphanage
Location: Malacatan
Notable: Project is providing a portion of the salaries and other costs associated with running and maintaining the facility for 18 children.

New Seeds Orphanage

Ghana
Project Category: Orphanage
Location: Sokode
Notable: Construction of dormitories for 25 children orphaned by AIDS -- including several who themselves need treatment for the disease.

New Seeds Staff Housing

Ghana
Project Category: Clinic
Location: Sokode
Notable: Construction of living quarters for teaching and administrative staff, as well as visiting medical volunteers, at the New Seeds Orphanage.

New Seeds Farm

Ghana
Project Category: Agricultural Development
Location: Sokode
Notable: Cultivation of 10 hectares of land to offset food costs for 175 AIDS orphans -- 25 living onsite and 150 in nearby neighborhoods that are fed at the campus.

New Seeds Poultry Farm

Ghana
Project Category: Agriculture
Location: Sokode
Notable: Construction of chicken coops and feeding systems for a self-sustaining chicken farm, which will provide eggs and meat for dietary supplements and sale.

Fanya Mambo Green Construction

Kenya
Project Category: Community Beautification/Vocational Program
Location: Nairobi
Notable: This project teaches construction methods and recycling skills to school children, while employing the use of recycled materials gathered through community participation in construction.

Fanya Mambo Restaurant

Kenya
Project Category: Micro-Business
Location: Nairobi
Notable: Will serve as an income-generating business for the Fanya Mambo Program. The restaurant itself is built using eco-bricks, which are made of plastic bottles.

 

Worldstock Fair Trade

About Worldstock

There are artisans around the world who create exquisite handcrafted items. Because they are small-lot producers, they have difficulty accessing the U.S market in this age of mass distribution. The expense of transferring their goods from remote villages would create an unaffordable price for consumers. In 2001, we realized the potential of combining forces with these artisans; and thus, Worldstock Fair Trade was born.

The purpose of Worldstock Fair Trade is not to make money, but to create thousands (someday millions) of jobs for artisans in the most destitute regions of the world. All net profits from Worldstock Fair Trade are donated to fund philanthropic projects in several countries, including Guatemala, Kenya, Malawi, and Nepal.

Our mission is to provide customers with small-lot produced goods at an affordable price. By doing so, we locate products made by craftswomen and craftsmen from around the world. We emphasize sustainability, choosing environmentally friendly products that won't burn up natural or human resources. We strive to provide our customers with exclusive products, including handcrafted clothing, jewelry, ceramics, furniture, and much more.

Worldstock, making a world of difference.

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Casa Del Ninos

Our involvement has helped the construction of an earthbag house, rainwater harvesting tanks (to provide clean water to the orphans), and a composting toilet and shower unit. This project is located in the small town of San Marcos, Guatemala.

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Project Field Supervisor: Benjamin Odera

The site sits on a former pineapple plantation on a main road just outside the village of Independencia. There is a school within walking distance, and a small creek cuts across the property in the middle. There are also three beautiful rivers right in front of the property, across the road.

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Malawi Children's Village

Worldstock has helped with the building of a fishing farm and water harvesting tanks (which provide clean water to the orphans).

Because of years of mismanagement and lax fishing laws, fish stocks in Lake Malawi have reached the point of near collapse - threatening an important source of food for Malawi. Additional crisis of drought, malaria, and one of the highest rates of AIDS in Africa, are creating critical food instability for the 2nd poorest country in the world. In response, Solace has created a fish-breeding program to produce baby fish, or "fingerlings" to supply regional fish farmers with stock for "fattening" into fish for market.

In 2006 Ayub Azizi brought his family from Afghanistan to Malawi to manage this program. As in Afghanistan, Ayub proved a tireless and reliable manager. He has overseen the development of a fully functioning fish farm in a region where previous attempts funded with millions of dollars in foreign aid, have failed.

The ponds were finally completed in late 2007. In March of 2009, Solace negotiated a contract with the NGO C-Fish to supply 500,000 fingerlings for the fish farmers in the region. The amount was reached by calculating funding the salaries and operating costs of the Mangochi Fish Farm for 15 months. This contract is worth $35,000.