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From the time he was born, Pravin's parents wanted only the best for him. They both worked long hours in a Kathmandu carpet factory, and despite their meager income, they managed to send Pravin to school until he was seven years old.

Then Pravin's brother was born—and Pravin's parents were forced to make a choice that no parent should have to make. No longer able to afford Pravin's tuition, they withdrew him from school. Pravin spent his days at home taking care of his brother, longing to join his former classmates.

Click here to read more about Pravin 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
  • Interior ResourcesDallas, Texas
  • Carini LangNew York, New York
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News & Events

PBS NewsHour Feature on GoodWeave


"Organization Fights to Unravel India's Widespread Child Labor Abuses"

GoodWeave Annual Raffle “Barefoot Benefit” Party by Custom Cool
August 30, 2014 • Bridgehampton, New York

Partner company Custom Cool is hosting a live drawing for the 13th Annual GoodWeave Rug Raffle.

News

Free the Slaves blog, Ghana to Capitol Hill: U.S. Briefing on Child Labor, by Cassie Ann Hodges, April 10, 2014

Home Furnishings News, Macy's Expands GoodWeave Collection, April 1, 2013

The Sunday Times, Wonders of the world, by Kat Boroughs, February 23, 2014

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