UnionAID

“Now we are making strong decisions. Previously no-one respected us because we did not have proper jobs. Now we can improve our lives and be a model to other people.” Raja Lakshmi, president of the Narikuravar  Beadwork Craft Cooperative.

“Now we are making strong decisions. Previously no-one respected us because we did not have proper jobs. Now we can improve our lives and be a model to other people.” Raja Lakshmi, president of the Narikuravar Beadwork Craft Cooperative.

logo-onlyUnionAID is a New Zealand charitable trust that that helps alleviate poverty and achieve social justice by supporting overseas workers to form unions and worker collectives. We are New Zealand’s only international development charity working through unions to directly improve the rights and livelihoods of working people in developing countries in the Asia – Pacific region.

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We develop all our projects in partnership with trusted organisations in developing countries, usually unions. Local communities identify their needs and priorities and we help them develop strategies which will improve pay and conditions, and encourage economic independence and self-determination.

UnionAID is funded by the generous donations of individual Kiwi’s and the New Zealand union movement.  Much of our fundraising work is done by volunteers and administration support is provided by New Zealand unions.

Our development projects are helping working people achieve real change in their lives. For instance UnionAID’s project in Tamil Nadu, India has helped Meena (below) and nearly four hundred other women in her basket weavers cooperative increase their incomes and reduce their debt.  The proportion of  women earning 120 rupees (NZ$2.50) a day increased from 1% to 66% over the course of the 3 year project and now all of the children of the women are enrolled in school.

Meena

Meena, Tamil Nadu Basket Weavers Coop


 

You can read more about our individual projects here:

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