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More than 90% of workers in the tea industry are women.

Our Mission:

A sustainable synergetic movement to empower women identifying their skills and bring them up to create value for themselves and their community.

Femmes du Monde

Femmes du Monde is a Foundation dedicated to women around the world, founded by Mrs. Maite Bruneaud, among other women working in the industry of luxury in Geneva, Switzerland.

In the current digital era, where technical skills are evaluated every day, Maite Bruneaud believes that craft is a universal quality and represents the real assurance for women to create their value and participate actively in their own community.

Femmes du Monde, now active in Sri Lanka, is a foundation that cherishes people’s creativity and capabilty. Its mission is to reward people for their labor and to open a door for them to learn new skills and improve their daily life. By raising woman’s skills, we raise the quality of their production and we hope to build a long-term and sustainable solution to improve their contribution with dignity.

Empowering instead of one way charity

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a life time.

Femmes du Monde is about empowering. We avoid short term and counter-productive. Our support consists in providing skills and knowledge to female field workers, factory operators and office workers, we hope will improve their lifestyle and commitments. Since 2001, volunteer teachers around the world provide reading and writing lessons to women and children in local villages throughout Sri Lanka.

Higher skills bring higher quality value

Products are carefully processed and quality controls performed by each worker to ensure reaching requirements.
From field workers to factory operators, jobs are performed by women and as the process gets more complex, women develop higher and more critical skills.
With higher skills, value is added and increased resulting in the women crafting higher quality products and being better rewarded.

From farming to manufacturer

From farming to manufacturer Women Farming Women Manufacturering

The Smart Hand Logo


Hands symbolize creation, quality and above all, generosity. We call this logo the "Smart Hand".
Industries have difficulties finding skillful people in developing countries. Providing health assistance, education and training to women can help them develop new skills.
This is our way to empower women in developing countries and strengthen the tradition of growing skillful craft workers.