Dear Friend,

It is a December tradition at GoodWeave to reflect on and revisit the stand-out moments in our journey to end child labor and slavery. Without further ado, here are 9 of our biggest and best moments from 2016: 
JANUARY : Hosted an “UNcommon Birthday” party in Nepal to honor the rescued kids who don’t know or won’t otherwise celebrate their birthday. 

MARCH: Earned the Schwab Award for Social Entrepreneurship, which was presented to us at the World Economic Forum in China. 

APRIL: Launched a pilot in northern India with global retailer C&A and C&A Foundation, marking GoodWeave’s expansion from the carpet industry into the apparel sector ! During this two-year project, GoodWeave will design a new sourcing system to eliminate exploitative labor with an emphasis on protecting homeworkers.

JUNE:  Announced  our boldest plan yet Sourcing Freedom   against the backdrop of President Lincoln’s Cottage. We will reach a tipping point in the fight to end child and forced labor in the carpet industry and bring our proven model to five new sectors by 2020. 

SEPTEMBER:  Won second place in a national folk dance competition in Nepal. A team from  Hamro Ghar , our home for rescued children, even got recognition from the President!  

SEPTEMBER: Joined forces with Target and Remake to document the lives of makers in Panipat, India. We loved the profile of Kashmiri who was beaming because her kids now go to school, including one that GoodWeave helped establish.

OCTOBER : Invited by a Presidential Commission in Afghanistan to discuss solutions to child labor in the carpet sector. This issue is on the policy agenda largely because of research we commissioned. Now Afghanistan has a  national action plan   a huge step towards creating permanent and sustainable change.

NOVEMBER: Welcomed a cohort of 38 women for  Weaving Opportunities , a training program to  economically empower women and minimize the need for child labor.  This initiative will revitalize an industry that is vital to Nepal’s comeback story.   

DECEMBER: Pushed live our new mobile supply chain data-collection tool with a real-time dashboard for use by companies. We're grateful to USAID and the Skoll Foundation, along with pilot partner  Target ,​ for helping us introduce this  technology innovation
You helped make these moments possible  through your advocacy, investment, partnership, and purchases. As the year draws to a close, we offer our profound gratitude.

From our family to yours, happy holidays!
Nina Smith

P.S. To make more moments like these in 2017, we need your continued support. Time is running out to give to GoodWeave this holiday season: