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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

Akkas lived with his parents and five siblings in the Ratan District of Nepal. His father earned a meager salary as a rickshaw driver but spent most of it on liquor. Akkas could not afford the school admission fee and was forced to drop out of his studies and, in his words, "drop his dream."

One day his parents borrowed the equivalent of $7 from a thekedar (debt broker) in exchange for Akkas and his older sister. Akkas was taken to a carpet factory, where he was forced to weave rugs from 3 a.m. to 8 p.m. with one break to eat.

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

Spotlight On Importers/Designers

Christopher and Suzanne Sharp

The Rug Company was founded in 1997 by Christopher and Suzanne Sharp, and has since grown to become the leading name for contemporary handmade rugs. Bringing together traditional craftsmanship and original design, the company is committed not only to making beautiful rugs, but also to ensuring that its production is sustainable and ethical.

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