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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

Samir was a fourth-grade dropout. His father began mistreating and beating Samir, his mother, and his three siblings once he took a second wife. Unable to bear his father’s cruelties, Samir fled to his mother’s family. While his maternal uncle loved him deeply, his impoverished condition left Samir with no choice but to work to help the family survive. On June 2, 2009, a GoodWeave inspector found Samir working in a carpet factory. He was immediately rescued and brought to Hamro Ghar.

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

Spotlight On Importers/Designers

Christopher and Suzanne Sharp

During the last 12 years, Christopher and Suzanne Sharp have made the Rug Company the place for stunningly beautiful contemporary handmade rugs. The Sharps demand that their 15 stores, scattered across the globe, be not only profitable but also sustainable and ethical. Naturally, they have joined GoodWeave® in its quest to end child labor in the rug industry.

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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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