Unverified non-profit organisation

GoodWeave works to end child labour in the carpet industry and to offer educational opportunities to children in Nepal, India and Afghanistan.

The handmade carpet industry exploits nearly 250,000 children. GoodWeave is helping to combat this problem and transform the rug industry by certifying child-labour-free rugs and by providing education and opportunities to rescued and at-risk children. The GoodWeave certification is implemented by GoodWeave International.

GoodWeave has freed more than 3,700 children from weaving looms, providing each with educational and other opportunities needed to embark on a new path in life. After being reunited with their families whenever possible, rescued children—most of whom have never seen the inside of a classroom—are offered a fully sponsored education through grade 10 or the age of 18, whichever comes first.

GoodWeave matches each rescued child with an educational program, depending on whether they need to be close to home or at a boarding school. Children start with intensive literacy and math training to prepare them for formal education, which includes language training, social studies, math and science. Children also enjoy recreational activities and extracurricular pursuits in music and art.

In addition to child rescue and rehabilitation, GoodWeave programs facilitate the prevention of child labor and the healthy development of weaving communities. These include daycare and early childhood education, school sponsorship for children of adult weavers, adult literacy programs and health clinics.


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About this organisation

Partnership types

Advocacy of global issues

Regions / countries / territories

Americas: United States Asia: Afghanistan; India; Nepal

Global issues

Children, youth and family welfare; Education and training; Migration and population; all (4)

Business sectors

Manufacturing; Retail trade