One in a Million: GoodWeave's Campaign to End Child Labor

The handmade rug industry has one of the highest child labor rates in the world. When GoodWeave was founded in 1994, there were one million children—many kidnapped or trafficked—toiling on the looms in South Asia. GoodWeave’s efforts have helped bring child labor in the rug industry down 75 percent—but GoodWeave needs your help to end it once and for all.

Most consumers don't realize that they are sponsoring child labor with their purchases. Through public outreach, media coverage and the active participation of socially responsible importers, designers and retailers, GoodWeave’s One in a Million campaign is designed to raise awareness of the child labor epidemic in the handmade rug industry and inspire consumers to take action.

Be one of the millions of concerned citizens helping to end child labor in the handmade rug industry. Here are a few ways you can help:

  • Insist on the GoodWeave label when you’re shopping for a handmade rug, whether online or in a store near you.

  • Donate to the One in a Million campaign—every dollar makes a difference.

  • Tell your friends and colleagues to ask for the GoodWeave label through Twitter or Facebook.
  • Give us feedback on the One in a Million campaign and earn a chance to win a GoodWeave certified rug by Company C by filling out a short survey here.
See more ideas on how to get involved with GoodWeave.

Children's Stories

At the age of five, Manju was already working on the rug looms. While she has since been found and freed from carpet work, some 250,000 children throughout South Asia still toil in obscurity. Through GoodWeave nearly 3,600 kids like Manju have been rescued, rehabilitated and educated, and thousands more deterred from entering the workforce.

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About the Organization

GoodWeave works to end child labor in the carpet industry by certifying child-labor-free rugs and by providing education and opportunities to rescued and at-risk children. Learn More »