Teach a woman to fish, and everyone eats for a lifetime

Being International Women's Day, we thought we would take the opportunity to highlight the incredible skill, resilience and compassion which shapes the purpose and impact of Songbird.

Every purchase from our Songbird range not only supports our local focus of protecting and conserving Australia's beautiful birdlife - the goodness returns to the source and origin of our beautifully crafted pieces and to our women artisans and their communities.
We are a women-powered social enterprise focussed on creating positive and sustainable opportunities in the remote rural areas surrounding our production studio in Chiang Rai, Thailand. By creating opportunities for women, our artisans are able to develop financial independence and the ability to support their families without having to leave their homes for work in the bigger cities like Bangkok or further abroad. It is often the case that women, when displaced from their families and local communities, are more vulnerable to exploitation, finding themselves trapped in unfair and exploitative jobs and work environments.

It's true to say that, when a woman seizes the opportunity to grow and learn, she will share her gains with those around her - her children, her family, her community. Most of us have heard the proverb "Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime." - Ritu Sharma elaborates on this thought adding...
"But to teach a woman to fish, and everyone eats for a lifetime." 
Each of our artisans value and take pride in the work that they do and how it allows them to support their children through school, growing and nurturing the next generation. In some cases, it also allows them to support and take care of their own parents, strengthening family units and creating a more connected and resilient community.
Through your support we are hoping to grow our social business, Songbird, helping to create more sustainable and meaningful jobs for women in the community - teaching more women to craft, so that their families and community can prosper.

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