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    ETWA is a small Australian not-for-profit with a big heart for rural women in Timor-Leste. Our partnerships are based on the principles of reciprocity, economic justice and cultural preservation. <a href=”https://plus.google.com/108534910587155985222” rel=”publisher”>Find us on Google+</a> Learn more about who ETWA is: ABOUT  ETWA Team PROJECTS PARTNERS

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    Fair Futures Initiative

    A Research and Solutions Initiative Fair Futures aims to embed international fair trade standards into the production environment in Timor-Leste to empower the thousands of women who rely on hand-weaving as their main livelihood. This will take time and strategic action, and cooperation with a range of stakeholders. However we believe that a powerful inspiration […]

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    A partnership between ETWA & LO’UD What is Fo-Ba-Malu? A design collaboration project and textile brand A collaborative poverty alleviation partnership Fairly traded, plant dyed, hand-woven textiles, in a unique product range, designed for a contemporary landscape Fo-Ba-Malu means ‘means giving to each other’ in Tetum, Timor-Leste’s national language. This partnership and project embodies this […]

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    LO’UD is a women’s Cooperative with more than 70 members living in three communities in the Lautem District of Timor-Leste. LO’UD women speak with one voice to end poverty in their communities! ETWA has been working with the women of LO’UD since 2004, when ETWA co-ordinated it’s first ‘Weaving Tour’. Key members of ETWA met […]

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    Visit Timor-Leste

    Timor-Leste epitomizes newness and timelessness with its’ proud contemporary history and age age-old cultures. The beauty of its landscapes and the resilience of its people will astound, energize, entertain but mostly challenge visitors to this tiny half-island. quick links to find out more Timor Adventures About Timor-Leste About Illiomar       This gallery of […]



Heru Ini Lafu: Weaving Life

This is an etwa project

Director | Marcus Salvagno

Producer | Deb Salvagno

In the southeast corner of East Timor lies a mountainous and well-forested region known as Iliomar. For women in this community and others on the island, weaving is a vital part of culture, expressing all aspects of life.

Heru Ini Lafu: Weaving Life journeys into rural East Timor to show a side of life rarely seen on the big screen. The film reveals how women in three remote villages are reclaiming their culture and reducing poverty through their woven arts. Most importantly, Heru Ini Lafu: Weaving Life reveals the beauty of East Timorese tradition and the processes of weaving customary cloth known as Tais.

Heru Ini Lafu: Weaving Life is an intimate film, giving voice to women whose stories are not often told. Shot on location and supported by rare archival footage and exquisite traditional and contemporary music, the film explores East Timor’s history and the beauty of its culture.

Full Feature Film Available soon

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Photo | Deb Salvagno

ETWA’s Mission

To support the well-being and self-sustainability of East Timorese women through socially, culturally, economically and environmentally sustainable community programs, particularly in the handcrafts industry. We attempt to develop relationships based on reciprocity, so the things we learn from our friends in Timor-Leste are equally as important as the gift of support we bring. From Timorese […]

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ETWA’s Objective

ETWA identified the following 10 objectives to direct our priorities in Timor-Leste and Australia: To facilitate the growth and development of business skills for women as entrepreneurs within our partner groups in Timor-Leste To build and sustain relationships of solidarity between Australia and Timor-Leste which are based on maintaining cross cultural links and a commitment […]

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CTKDS, Cooperativa Tais Kultura Dezenvolvimento Sustentavel, Los Palos.

ETWA’s Values

Key values consistent with our overall mission include: Prioritising the needs and aspirations of our East Timorese partners Cooperation and mutual support Respect for the cultural integrity and intellectual property of East Timorese weavers Accountability and transparency in our stakeholder relationships Environmental protection and sustainability Ensuring fair trade principles and prices are adhered to Commitment […]

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ETWA’s Focus

ETWA identified the following five focus areas to help guide our strategic direction and program priorities. These five lenses are used to explore potential projects and partners, to prioritize our work and to evaluate impacts and outcomes: 1. Economic 2. Social 3. Cultural 4. Environmental 5. Educational

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