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The Kolega Cards program is based in the small village of Railaco Kraic located in the highland country of East Timor. The CER employees around 60 women from various villages in the surrounding Ermera District.

The card ladies group was established to provide opportunities for the women of the region to earn a sustainable income and to learn new skills within the context of their daily village life. It has come a point of considerable pride to be a "card lady", one of those lucky enough to have this employment and income.

Each 8-pack of cards sold employs one of the village women for 2 days, enabling them to help provide for their families.

Now for over 10 years of operation, the women have been producing a range of high quality greeting cards that reflect their unique spirit and that of Timor Leste. The range includes an assortment of vibrant colours and designs suitable for all occasions. The cards feature hand woven Timorese fabric known as Tais. There are a few ranges of cards to choose from:

"Organic Range" - designed on the organic backdrop of kraft brown card - this is a beautiful range of all-occasion cards. Each card feature a story from Timor. The stories on each card explain how the artwork tells the story.
"Textures of Timor Range" - designed on a lighter card featuring 4 "naturals" designs using locally hand made papers and 4 "brights" featuring beautiful hand woven tais fabric. All cards include a story of Timor
"Textures of Timor - Kor Paper range" (coming soon!)- we are excited to introduce a new version of our Textures range - where our card stock and envelopes are made entirely of hand made paper in Timor. We are proud that this beautiful product is providing paper making jobs in addition to our card ladies jobs!
"Christmas Range" - beautifully handcrafted Christmas cards, featuring hand loomed tais

Shop Cards now to buy some of these lovely cards for yourself, family, a friend or employee. They are the perfect gift - for a birthday, thank you, Christmas or anytime