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HandCrafting Justice is an alternative trading organization working with approximately 2,000 women in 18 developing countries. It was started in October 1997 as a project of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd. HCJ is a member of the Fair Trade Federation and Co-op America.
History of HCJ
HandCrafting Justice was created in New York City in October 1997 to develop a fair trade marketplace for handcrafted goods produced at locations sponsored by Good Shepherd Sisters in many developing countries. Through the marketing of these handcrafted goods they are able to raise awareness of the situations of women in the developing world. HandCrafting Justice also supports the women financially through their employment, allowing them to provide for their families and to improve their own lives.