Meet the Maker - Grace & Able

Business Name: Grace & Able

Makers/designer name and a brief profile: Our jewellery is designed by our Founder Emma Woodcock and hand made by Artisans in developing countries to provide dignified job, fair wages and sustainable paths out of poverty. Emma  grew up in the Philippines before returning to Australia as a teenager. She has a background as an Interior Designer, and incorporates her love for colors and trends into each collection.

Location: Melbourne, Australia, Kenya & Uganda
Dream Holiday: A walking tour through Europe
Favourite quote: “Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.” - Nelson Mandela
How did your business start? While living in England Emma came across some Christmas decorations made in the provinces of the Philippines in a popular boutique. Excited she inquired with the manager who did not know her production line. Emma chased it out on her own, only to discover unfair payments and heartbreaking decorations. Impassioned to bring justice to an unlevel field, Emma founded Grace & Able in 2014, a few years after arrival back in Australia, to equip and enable the world’s marginalised through fair and ethical business.

What do you love about what you do? I love knowing we are impacting more than just our Artisans but their families and children as well. Keeping kids in education, meals provided, increasing access to medical care, all of that thanks to the power of a purposeful purchase!
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Development Training
Grace & Able draws alongside our artisan partnership businesses to provide development training to those who need it and request it. We believe education is the key to change, and as our partnerships are more than a trade transaction, we offer ongoing solutions to fully equip individuals. This is how we ensure every Artisan has the best opportunity to thrive. The development training looks different according to the needs of each group. For some it is learning computer skills. For others its our involvement in teaching artisans how to read and write. For others still, it is learning about budgets and financial savings. Whatever the needs, we meet and discuss the knowledge gaps with our Artisans. By listening to our Artisans and building on our relationships and provide practical solutions to meet their needs.
Beautiful jewellery and homewares:
Each piece comes with an attached story and photo about the artisan who lovingly handmade the product.
Check out the range on our online shop or call in and see us in-store view this beautiful collection.
We feel very blessed to have connected with Grace & Able and love that with every purchase you can truly make a difference. If you would like to know more about the amazing work that Emma and the whole Grace & Able team do click on the link below to read blog posts and artisan stories.