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the finished product is a great testament to
the ar tistic and sewing skill of the ladies.
Dom also sells fair trade tea and coffee
from Timor Leste; profits have created
employment and built a coffee roasting
Money raised from Dom’s sales goes towards
food, education and creating better lives
for women. She has a vast array of brightly
coloured and intricately made handbags,
quilts, blankets, table runners, jewellery, belts,
headbands, baskets and much more.
Each item is made with love and skill by
women from all corners of the globe, women
who have been taught to be independent
and have often been saved from extreme
pover ty and deprivation.
To learn more , view and purchase products
(for your Christmas gifts?), go to
see some of the wome n Dom is supporting.
www.mn.catholic.org.au Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle
Dominique (Dom) Jacobs is a remarkable
woman who believes in acting on, and standing
up for, her convictions . Dom and husband
Brett live on a picturesque farm outside
Gloucester in the Hunter Valley.
Dom has many interests. She is a member
of St Joseph’s Gloucester Parish Leadership
Team and works part time at the local pre-
school. She and Brett are foster parents to five
children, and they are both zealous anti-coal
seam gas campaigners.
But Dom is also passionate about suppor ting
fair trade businesses. I n par ticular, she
champions wome n’s groups from poor a nd
developing countries that are endeavouring
to raise themselves and their children
from pover ty, trafficking, sexual abuse,
marginalisation, isolation and abandonment .
It all began eighteen months ago when Dom
“read two books, one a novel about a woman
who lived in Afghanistan and her oppression,
and then a non-fiction book by two journalists
about the plight of wome n a round the world”.
These had a profound influence .
She decided to do more to help under-
privileged women. On the internet she found
Fair Trade items for sale, all hand-made by
women from many countries in a large variety
of wares. She contacted the groups, beginning
in Afghanistan, and asked, “I ’m considering
star ting a small business in Australia, would you
sell wholesale to me? ”
They agreed and she began selling Peace Cords,
which are hand-made from military parachute
cords. Dom is happy to report, “One hundred
percent of the proceeds go to schools and
Dom established a site called 'Just Hand
Maidens' and her little enterprise has grown
quickly. She now impor ts women’s hand -made
goods from Bolivia, Peru, Guatemala, Ghana,
Kenya, Namibia, Tanzania, Bangladesh, India,
Uganda, Thailand, Laos, Afghanistan, Tonga and
She recently heard of a small group in I ndonesia
which uses only waste products. “They make
bags, soft-sided eskies, bag tags and cosmetic
bags. All the money from sales goes to
educate children of the rag pickers on the
tips.” In Tonga, while visiting a small village,
she met some of the women who make ma ny
handcrafts. “ The goods I purchased
went towards buying a new water tank
for the village.”
From Laos, women make bracelets out of the
scrap metal from millions of bombs dropped on
their country years ago. In Bangladesh, bright
throws and coverlets are made from old saris;
Dom Jacobs surrounded by her wares from all over the world.
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