Uniting Britain and Albania
Mission Against
Human Trafficking

MARY WARD LORETO is planting hope with a human rights approach to combating modern day slavery. This challenging mission is implemented through works of justice, education, grass roots action and systemic change.
The aim is to eradicate poverty, the prime cause for human trafficking.

25 women from the group of Hot i Ri have been trained and supervised by the MWL Women Social Animator to make stitched cards. A core group of 10 women meets constantly in the MWL centre and work in a group. The rest of the group meet rarely but are given instructions for the work and take the materials for stitching the cards to their houses. They prepare different groups of designs in order to fulfill the market requirements. In order to work ethically, patterns selected online from companies such as Form-a-lines, have been purchased. The social animator who is an artist, paints new card designs with different greetings, as well as traditional designs, birthday cards and cards for children. The women themselves have also been encourages to prepare new designs. Many women in the village showed an interest to be trained and to become part of the group.

Now the cards are being sold at the market in the UK and in local markets in Shkoder and Tirana.