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Amparo Crafts

Amparo Crafts

Cherie with Elizabeth Salaman

Last week, at a Forward Ladies Event in Manchester, Cherie met Elizabeth Salaman of Amparo Crafts. Amparo Crafts, named after Elizabeth Salaman's mother Amparo, helps specific groups of women to make ethical fair trade jewellery and seeks to alleviate poverty in rural areas of Colombia through promoting conservation and fair trade. By working with the Women for Conservation project, Amparo Crafts aims to promote, market and sell the products the women make by establishing a trade mark known by its quality, relevance and ethical foundations. Their products are stocked by independent boutiques, shops including the Eden Project in Cornwall and an outlet in the USA. You can also view and buy their products on their website When you buy an Amparo Crafts item online you will find on the back of the label the name of the artisan who made it. You can then go to the artisan page to find their name and read their personal testimonial. By buying products from Amparo you are both supporting conservation of the rainforest in Colombia and empowering these women.