It’s true! Your purchase directly impacts lives of families in Indonesia.
Let me tell you how …
Every blanket or kimono or mask you purchase is made by a House of Diamonds (HoD) artisan who is paid a living wage for their work. The Global Living Wage Foundation defines a living wage as “The remuneration received for a standard workweek by a worker in a particular place sufficient to afford a decent standard of living for the worker and her or his family. Elements of a decent standard of living include food, water, housing, education, health care, transportation, clothing, and other essential needs including provision for unexpected events.” In simple terms, every House of Diamonds artisan is paid fairly for the work they do so that they can live without the burden of financial insecurity.
Over the past few days 11 blankets, 5 kimonos and dozens of masks went to new homes through Liberty & Oak. These items represent more than 290 hours of work where an HoD artisan is paid a living wage! I have been asked many times, “How can I help the women at House of Diamonds?” and my answer is always the same – the absolute best thing you can do is purchase the products they make. This is the most sustainable way to empower the HoD community!
Chosen family …
House of Diamonds is more than a place of employment, it is a family. The owners, Ida and Lila, holistically care for every member of their HoD family, and the community of tight-knit sisters that has developed amongst the artisans over the years is an incredible testimony to how we rise by lifting others.
A quick story …
Nunuk worked at a school canteen for almost 7 years. She put in long 12 hour days cooking and cleaning, but only made $2 Cad/day for her labour. Her neighbour, Ririn, brought Nunuk to work for HoD in 2018 where she received training and support as well as an ethical wage for her work. A few short months later, Nunuk experienced the tragic loss of her baby at almost full-term in her pregnancy. The House of Diamonds community surrounded her with care, paid her hospital bills, brought her food and let her know how valuable she is to them. Nunuk is part of the HoD family.
When you purchase a textile product made by a HoD artisan, you are empowering her to rise above her circumstances and create a better life for her and her family. As a community of conscious consumers, our purchasing power changes the lives of the makers of our products AND transforms communities.
Thank you for being part of the House of Diamonds story!