I am pleased to welcome to GoodWorks … Nina Smith, Executive Director of GoodWeave USA! GoodWeave USA combats child exploitation in the handmade rug industry by recruiting manufacturers to make and sell child-labor-free carpets and by providing schooling and opportunities to rescued children. Read on for her inspiration, advice, and everyday heroes:
1. What was your most interesting recent project, initiative, partnership, or event?
We’re partnering with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center on a major permanent exhibition entitled Invisible: Slavery Today. GoodWeave is one of four NGO partners in this exhibit, which highlights the issue of modern-day slavery and the many ways that nearly 27 million people around the world are living as slaves. The stories of children who GoodWeave has rescued from slavery and their poignant images are prominently featured. I was there for the exhibition opening on October 8th. The museum is a very special place and the Invisible exhibit is the only one of its kind. It has great potential to raise awareness and move people to action through their purchasing practices, philanthropy, and advocacy.