About Team Egypt
Meet Team Egypt, a team composed of more than 300 artisans. Our history with Team Egypt goes back to October 2015, when Joy traveled solo to Egypt looking to learn from women around the country. The fair trade market in Egypt is significantly smaller than in other countries where we work, and the organizers behind Team Egypt are leading the fair trade movement in their country.
Team Egypt focuses on four main areas: decreasing the wage gap between male and female artisans, improving child education rates, protecting the environment and preserving cultural traditions. Team Egypt employees are women, and they are paid equal wages as men in the cooperative. Team Egypt works to prevent child labor by ensuring parents have good jobs in safe working conditions that pay living wages, so children can stay in school. Team Egypt is committed to using materials and techniques that do no harm to the environment. Lastly, Team Egypt uses traditional weaving techniques to produce goods that are representative of national history and culture.
How We Support Team Egypt
We support Team Egypt by helping them employ more women, earn higher wages and reach new customers.
- We commit to long term, reliable trade agreements that allow cooperatives to hire more women and make proactive business decisions. Team Egypt can count on us to place continuous orders at consistent prices, and that trust results in more jobs and more job security for women.
- We recognize the difference between living wage and minimum wage, and we pay our artisans more than 3x the minimum wage in Egypt, which is 40 Egyptian pounds per day ($2.20 USD)
Product Spotlight: Sundus Scarf
The Sundus Scarf is handwoven by women artisans working in small cooperatives outside the capital city of Cairo. This scarf was woven on a handloom using Egyptian cotton and viscose. Egypt has a rich history of textile crafts, and this scarf represents the fusion of history and fair trade. By purchasing this product from Team Egypt, you support the growing fair trade movement in Egypt and help close the wage gap in the informal economy.