OUR PHILOSOPHY

Teach Her to Fish is a documentary film that shows women overcoming challenges and starting their own sustainable businesses to have a more successful and fulfilled life through business training offered by Creative Women of the World. It greatly exemplifies our philosophy, values, and implementation of our mission.


Countries We Partner With


honduras

Honduras

SANTA, FELICITA, LILY ARE BUSINESS OWNERS TRAINED BY CWOW TO TRAIN OTHERS
MODA ESPERANZA, TURNING POP TABS INTO BEAUTIFUL FASHION, AND A LOCAL CONVENIENCE STORE CREATES HOPE AND OPPORTUNITY FOR HONDURAN WOMEN AND THEIR CHILDREN  


haiti

HAITI

HAITIAN ARTISANS FOR PEACE INTERNATIONAL (HAPI)
TRANSFORMING HAITI THROUGH THE EMPOWERMENT AND ADVOCACY OF WOMEN

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SINGING ROOSTER HAITIAN COFFEE


KENYA

MWANGATU WOMEN
LED BY CWOW ADVOCATE, GRACE, THE MWANGATU LADIES, ALL OF WHOM ARE HIV+ SEEK TO BRING HOPE AND EDUCATION TO THE HIV/AIDS SITUATION IN KENYA

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JAPAN

THE NOZOMI PROJECT, TRANSLATED "HOPE" FROM JAPANESE

DEDICATED TO BRINGING HOPE TO WOMEN WHO ARE THE SURVIVORS OF THE 2011 EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI IN ISHINOMAKI, JAPAN

NOZOMI PRODUCTS ARE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE IN-STORE ONLY
(but samples of our current inventory can be viewed on our product page)

Japan's closest neighbors are Korea, Russia and China. Japan's area is comparable to that of Germany.  
The country experiences frequent earthquakes.  The climate in most of the major cities, including Tokyo,
is temperate to subtropic and consists of four seasons.   

Population—127,417,244      Life expectancy—81     Literacy rate—99%

Peoples:

  •  Japanese—99%
  •  other (mostly Korean)—1%
  •  possibly 1 million illegal immigrants (Pakistani, Iranian, Bangladeshi, South East Asian)

 Japan remains a major economic power, both in Asia and globally.
But because of natural disasters such as the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, there is a constant threat of economic decline.

Challenges:

  • Suicide epidemic
  • Low birth rates/ high life expectancy
  • Sexually exploited women
  • Recovery from natural disasters

india

INDIA

SETU - THE BRIDGE TO ARTISANS
STANDS AS THE BRIDGE BETWEEN POVERTY AND SELF-SUSTAINABILITY

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cambodia

CAMBODIA

BASKETS OF CAMBODIA
HANDMADE BASKETS & PURSES PROVIDE ARTISANS FROM RURAL CAMBODIA SUSTAINABLE INCOMES & OPPORTUNITIES FOR DIFFERENT SCHOOLING OPTIONS & HEALTHCARE PROGRAMS

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el salvador

EL SALVADOR

REVY - FAIR TRADE CRAFTS FROM EL SALVADOR
REVY MEANS REVITALIZATION - THESE PRODUCTS HELP PEOPLE OF EL SALVADOR AND THE PLANET AT THE SAME TIME

Photos by Revy


ghana

GHANA

GLOBAL MAMAS
THE GLOBAL MAMAS COMMUNITY IS COMPRISED OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE FROM AROUND THE WORLD WORKING TOGETHER WORKING TOGETHER WITH THE MISSION OF CREATING PROSPERITY FOR THE AFRICAN WOMEN AND THEIR FAMILIES


guatemala

GUATEMALA

LUCIA'S IMPORTS // DINITZ & COMPANY


philippines

PHILIPPINES

THREADS OF HOPE
BRINGING HELP AND HOPE TO CHILDREN AT RISK


tibet

TIBET

CREATIONS BY LILY
CREATIONS BY LILY CELEBRATE THE CULTURAL HERITAGE OF A REMOTE PEOPLE IN THE HIMALAYAN MOUNTAINS WHILE SUPPORTING THEIR LOCAL ECONOMY AND INCREASING THEIR STANDARD OF LIVING 


uganda

UGANDA

SSEKO DESIGNS // FIELDS OF DREAMS
TWO AMAZING NON-PROFITS FOCUSED ON PROVIDING PRIMARY THROUGH UNIVERSITY LEVEL EDUCATION FOR UGANDAN WOMEN AND CHILDREN


united states

UNITED STATES

LOTUS ARTISTS
LOCAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR TRAINING IN THE U.S.


VIETNAM

BINH MINH
A NORTH VIETNAMESE COLLECTIVE OF 25 FAMILIES CREATING ALL HAND SPUN PRODUCTS OUT OF LOCAL SILK

Vietnam's closet neighbors are China, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia. Vietnam's land is mostly hilly and densely forested.
Mountains account for 40% of the country's land area, and tropical forests cover around 42%.

Population-90 million      Life expectancy—71     Literacy rate—90%

Peoples:

  • Vietnamese-84%
  • Mon-Khmer-4%
  • Zhuang-3%
  • 54 ethnic minority groups

Vietnam's economy has been plagued with inefficiency and corruption. In recent decades, Vietnam has stressed the importance of gender equality.

Challenges:

  • Communism
  • Rural poverty/malnutrition
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Exploitation of children
  • Human trafficking

equal exchange

worldwide 

Equal Exchange provides high-quality foods at a fair price to you. By cutting out the middlemen, Equal Exchange pays the farmers more and gives you a better value.  Fair Trade is not a charity or handout; it is simply a process of giving a fair exchange.
 
The easiest way to support authentic Fair Trade is to purchase fairly traded products from small farmers. Your actions as a consumer support or discourage actions by businesses. By making the choice to buy fairly traded products, you help provide health care, education and technical trainings for farmers, workers, and artisans around the world. By supporting Equal Exchange, you join a movement to reclaim the food system – to make it better for farmers, consumers and the earth. Exchange provides high-quality foods at a fair price to you. By cutting out the middlemen, Equal Exchange pays the farmers more and gives you a better value.  Fair Trade is not a charity or handout; it is simply a process of giving a fair exchange. 


malawi

MALAWI

“Duwa” means “flower” in Chichewa, the language of Central Malawi.  They have 400 different types of orchids-- more than any other country in the world so the Duwa artisans have chosen a 3 petaled orchid for their logo.  It celebrates the uniqueness of each woman and the Holy Trinity from their faith.  Though they live in a slum area, many of the artisans are guardians who have been given charge of children orphaned by AIDS.  Their business helps them support their families and the business training CWOW gave them helps them keep it profitable, ethical and sustainable.
 


south africa

sOUTH AFRICA

KORU STREET

KLIKETY KLIK GIFT BOXES


   

  

INDONESIA

Yayasan Pondok Kasih (House of Love) is doing an incredible job of bringing unity to the nation of Indonesia through programs that reach the poor, needy and outcasts.  Impacting thousands of people, one of the ways Pondok Kasih works to eliminate poverty is by offering classes to develop skills.  Women are taught professional production sewing.  Cottontale is a new children's wear company that hires trainees from the Pondok Kasih program creating a beautiful partnership of creative empowerment.  This video tells the story of Pondok Kasih and Cottontale's work together. 

Training Video