A faith-based micro-enterprise initiative of Center for Global Impact (CGI), byTavi teaches at-risk, impoverished women how to sew handbags and other accessories. Employed by CGI, the women receive fair wages while their products are marketed internationally. Through this program these women have grown in confidence and joy as they provide for their families in a healthy way. In addition to learning marketable skills, these women are also surrounded by the love of Christ through CGI’s trusted Cambodian Management Team and other international partners. Founded in 2009 by CGI’s president Chris Alexander and a meek woman by the name of Tavi, this program provides a unique opportunity to empower the poor and prevent human trafficking.
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Salons and Retail Outlets
Boomerang BTQ on Mass. Ave, Indianapolis, IN– COMING NOVEMBER 2013!
JenDaisy Boutique, Greenwood, IN — COMING NOVEMBER 2013!
Imagination Station and Eclection, Franklin, IN
The Marshmallow Monkey, Franklin, IN
Spencer Farms, Noblesville, IN
Philipe’s Salon, Castleton, IN
Make Fresh on Maple, Fishers, IN
Halo Salon, Carmel, IN
TLC Salon, Kathy Richardson, Greenwood, IN
Moxy Salon, Carmel, IN
Sage Salon, Greenwood, IN
Clown Pediatrics, Greenwood, IN
Carly Smith, CMT, Indianapolis, IN
Expressions for Women, IU Health, Carmel, IN
Old Bank Antiques and Uniques, Kirklin, IN
The District Exchange, Carmel, IN
Dazzles Salon and Laser Center, Fishers, IN
Harmony Winery, Fishers, IN
Blue Moon, Bloomington, IN
In His Image Designs, Lexington, KY
Cincinnati Christian University Bookstore, Cincinnati, OH
Churches and Groups
Common Ground Christian Church, Indianapolis, IN
Grace Church, Noblesville, IN
Indian Creek Christian Church, Greenwood, IN
CrossRoads Church of Westfield, IN
Capstone Bookstore, Northview Christian Church, Carmel, IN
Purchased, Indianapolis, IN
Ecumenical Women’s Coalition Against Human Trafficking, Avon, IN
Ignite for Women
Church 52, New Palestine, IN
When byTavi began in 2008, it was simply a program meant to empower the poor, with the concept of “fair trade” a significant by-product. Empowering the poor means providing people with options to provide for their families in a healthy way, giving them basic skills and resources they need to have a consistent income.
Merriam and Webster Dictionary defines Fair Trade as:
“A movement whose goal is to help producers in developing countries to get a fair price for their products so as to reduce poverty, provide for the ethical treatment of workers and farmers, and promote environmentally sustainable practices.”
First Fair Trade Town (http://firstfairtradetownusa.org/fair-trade) states:
“Fair Trade is a tool for reducing poverty in developing nations. It’s a form of trade that builds equitable and long-term partnerships between producers in developing regions of the world and consumers in the north. Fair Trade guarantees many things including the following. Producers receive a minimum set price for their goods, financial and technical support, healthy and safe working conditions, economic development of their communities, and educational opportunities for their children.
Consumers receive excellent products along with the peace of mind that comes with knowing they are actively addressing poverty, preserving the environment, and promoting an end to child labor.”
Although byTavi is not currently “Fair Trade Certified,” it is a program that conducts itself with Fair Trade Principles. The women of byTavi work only weekdays and have the freedom to choose how many products they make based upon their time and economic needs. byTavi recognizes the dignity and capability of each person and compensates employees based upon these principles.