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GoodWeave aims to stop child labor in the carpet industry and to replicate its market-based approach in other sectors.

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Children's Stories

"What stays with me is the kids running to my room every day in the morning—their faces and smiles," recalls Gwen Straley, upon her return from volunteering with GoodWeave Nepal. The images of the children remain vivid in her mind's eye.

Click here to read more about Gwen and Thila and other former child weavers rescued by GoodWeave.

Spotlight On Importers/Designers

Salman Khan and Kerry Smith

In 2001, while working and studying in Kathmandu, Salman Khan and Kerry Smith envisioned an approach to carpet-making based on the desire of customers for freedom of expression in designing their living and working environments. They named their venture Lapchi―Tibetan for "abode of creative energy"―and partnered with the GoodWeave® rug certification program to assure clients that their highly customized designs are accompanied by the best labor practices.

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Industry Spotlight

  • LapchiPortland, Oregon
  • Stephanie Odegard CollectionNew York, New York
  • Driscoll Robbins Fine CarpetsSeattle, Washington
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News & Events

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Take Part, Did a Child Make Your Rug? This Short Film Will Show You Why It Matters, by Kristina Bravo, September 1, 2014

The CNN Freedom Project, Time to get children out of factories and into schools, by Nina Smith, August 31, 2014

Decorator's Notebook, 5 questions to ask before you buy a rug, by Bethan John, August 27, 2014

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