Principle One: Creating Opportunities for Economically Disadvantaged Producers

Poverty reduction through trade forms a key part of the organisation’s aims. The organisation supports marginalised small producers, whether these are independent family businesses, or grouped in associations or co-operatives. It seeks to enable them to move from income insecurity and poverty to economic self-sufficiency and ownership. The organisation has a plan of action to carry this out.

Creating Opportunities for Economically Disadvantaged Producers
  • In 1991, Selyn was founded by Sandra Wandurangala, at a home garage with 15 women in the village of Wandurangala in Kurunegala, Sri Lanka. Today, after 28 years, with nearly 1000 members within our network, Selyn is proud to add colour to your life while empowering local artisans through fair trade. That’s 28 years of ethical and fair! Thank you for choosing to shop at Selyn and helping us make a difference. Here’s to many more years of living life fair! .
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  • In 1991, Selyn was founded by Sandra Wandurangala, at a home garage with 15 women in the village of Wandurangala in Kurunegala, Sri Lanka. Today, after 28 years, with nearly 1000 members within our network, Selyn is proud to add colour to your life while empowering local artisans through fair trade. That’s 28 years of ethical and fair! Thank you for choosing to shop at Selyn and helping us make a difference. Here’s to many more years of living life fair! .
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#selyn #fairtrade #srilanka #sthribyselyn #empoweringwomen #accessories #fairtradefashion #sustainablefashion #supportlocal #sustainableliving #livefair #artisanmade #handmade #upcycle #shoppingincolombo #slowfashion #giftideas #ethicalgifts #fashiontrends #ecofashion #crueltyfree #fairtradestyle #fairtradecertified #ecofriendly #ecofriendlyclothingcompany
  • In 1991, Selyn was founded by Sandra Wandurangala, at a home garage with 15 women in the village of Wandurangala in Kurunegala, Sri Lanka. Today, after 28 years, with nearly 1000 members within our network, Selyn is proud to add colour to your life while empowering local artisans through fair trade. That’s 28 years of ethical and fair! Thank you for choosing to shop at Selyn and helping us make a difference. Here’s to many more years of living life fair! .
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#selyn #fairtrade #srilanka #sthribyselyn #empoweringwomen #accessories #fairtradefashion #sustainablefashion #supportlocal #sustainableliving #livefair #artisanmade #handmade #upcycle #shoppingincolombo #slowfashion #giftideas #ethicalgifts #fashiontrends #ecofashion #crueltyfree #fairtradestyle #fairtradecertified #ecofriendly #ecofriendlyclothingcompany
  • Every Selyn toy you purchase is handmade with such great care by a local artisan who gets paid fairly. Every Selyn toy that you carefully select is made up to European toy standards at a safe work environment that provides health and daycare. Every Selyn toy that your little bub chews on is made from toxin-free yarn, and the wastewater from the dyeing process is treated and used to grow vegetables. And every Selyn toy is made just for the little hands and minds to stimulate imagination, language, communication and sensory skills.
Just a few reasons why you should buy a toy that makes a difference. Available at all Selyn outlets 💛
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#selyn #fairtrade #srilanka #sthribyselyn #empoweringwomen #accessories #fairtradefashion #sustainablefashion #supportlocal #sustainableliving #livefair #artisanmade #handmade #upcycle #shoppingincolombo #slowfashion #giftideas #ethicalgifts #fashiontrends #ecofashion #crueltyfree #fairtradestyle #fairtradecertified #ecofriendly #ecofriendlyclothingcompany
  • For the little hands 💛
Selyn toys are handmade with great care using toxic-free fabric and yarn so that curious littles can play, chew and sleep with them without a worry. #MadeInSriLanka to match European toy safety standards, these little cuties are great to teach hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, and endless hugs. Available at all Selyn outlets.
Follow us and stay tuned for creative activities we have put together just for the kids 📖 🎨
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#selyn #fairtrade #srilanka #sthribyselyn #empoweringwomen #accessories #fairtradefashion #sustainablefashion #supportlocal #sustainableliving #livefair #artisanmade #handmade #upcycle #shoppingincolombo #slowfashion #giftideas #ethicalgifts #fashiontrends #ecofashion #crueltyfree #fairtradestyle #fairtradecertified #ecofriendly #ecofriendlyclothingcompany
  • Fairtrade is more than fair wages and safe working conditions. Fairtrade is also about being sustainable. Not only that we care for our artisans, but we also care for the environment they, us, we all live in. Selyn Fairtrade products are made from toxin-free yarn, and the wastewater from the dyeing process is treated and used to grow vegetables at our home garden. Isn't that a great reason to smile as big as this skilled gentleman? We think so. 
Shop good. Choose fairtrade 💛
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#selyn #fairtrade #srilanka #sthribyselyn #empoweringwomen #accessories #fairtradefashion #sustainablefashion #supportlocal #sustainableliving #livefair #artisanmade #handmade #upcycle #shoppingincolombo #slowfashion #giftideas #ethicalgifts #fashiontrends #ecofashion #crueltyfree #fairtradestyle #fairtradecertified #ecofriendly #ecofriendlyclothingcompany
  • Our dear old Premawathi just retired! 💜
After 12 years of weaving fabulous sarees at Selyn Fairtrade, Premawathi is now taking a much deserved time off. Apart from her skilled hands, she is also a fantastic dancer who never missed an opportunity to show her moves on the dance floor. We sure miss her amazing work and lovely smile but, we are also happy that Premawathi had many fairtrade benefits, including being under a formal payroll system, which helped her retire with dignity. 
It is up to us as consumers to make a conscious decision on what we pay for. When you buy a fairtrade approved item, you are guaranteed that the artisan who made it is treated with respect, given a fair wage and helped to stand up on their own feet. They are given hope and courage to escape from the cycle of poverty. 
So, next time, when you shop for yourself or somebody else, learn about all the little details on how it got to your hands. Make a responsible choice that can change the future of the artisans like Premawathi and her community.
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#selyn #fairtrade #srilanka #sthribyselyn #empoweringwomen #accessories #fairtradefashion #sustainablefashion #supportlocal #sustainableliving #livefair #artisanmade #handmade #upcycle #shoppingincolombo #slowfashion #giftideas #ethicalgifts #fashiontrends #ecofashion #crueltyfree #fairtradestyle #fairtradecertified #ecofriendly #ecofriendlyclothingcompany
  • Looking for the perfect sustainable, eco-friendly AND fashionable outfit? We've got you covered! Shop at Selyn Fairtrade for traditional, modern and everything in between. Available at all outlets.
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#selyn #fairtrade #srilanka #sthribyselyn #empoweringwomen #accessories #fairtradefashion #sustainablefashion #supportlocal #sustainableliving #livefair #artisanmade #handmade #upcycle #shoppingincolombo #slowfashion #giftideas #ethicalgifts #fashiontrends #ecofashion #crueltyfree #fairtradestyle #fairtradecertified #ecofriendly #ecofriendlyclothingcompany