For nearly a decade we have worked with groups around India aimed at raising women’s social status through economic independence and empowerment. From the dry, desert regions of Rajasthan, to the hot tribal districts of Gujarat, to the Godavarti Delta region of rural Andhra Pradesh, women’s empowerment groups have been building confidence and sustainability in the lives of women and families through fair trade. We are proud to say that women make up 75% of our artisan network. Every group realizes that to have a voice in their community, women needed to make an income. In the agricultural community of Gujarat, for example, families rely on men to migrate to cities for seasonal work. Through vocational training and craft development, women can stay in their villages and earn stable income while tending to agricultural and household duties.This group of 2,700 tribal artisans now enjoy wages that have quadrupled, and the respect of their community -- and themselves -- as providers.