Golden Palm Crafts exports handmade wooden objects to fair trade organizations throughout the world. Golden Palm’s principal objective is to create job options for people in the rural areas of Sri Lanka, where employment opportunities are rare. With its main office in Colombo, Golden Palm’s woodworking and painting workshops are found in a number of rural villages. Most artisans are the sole income earners for their families. Artisan pay is above minimum wage; they also receive insurance, workers’ compensation, pension contributions and assistance with school fees. Fair wages enable families to improve their standard of living. Profits from the business are reinvested in new machinery, tools, and training, to improve working conditions and to create more jobs.
Golden Palm Crafts was founded in 1985 by Ravi and Chulani Jayawardena, chairman and director, respectively. Golden Palm is a member of the International Fair Trade Association.
Ten Thousand Villages purchases brightly colored wooden items, including puzzles, toys, nativities and children's furniture, from Golden Palm. Ten Thousand Villages has purchased products from Golden Palm since 1985.
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