Dominion Traders, located in the city of Karachi works with underprivileged artisans who make carved crafts and home décor made of stone and shesham wood.
The pioneer of Dominion Traders introduced fair trade practices in the stone industry in Pakistan and unusual for Pakistan, he chose to employ artisans of different religions, ethnicity and creeds. Dominion Traders operates its own workshop, employing more than 55 artisans and they also work with as many as 20 other independently owned workshops. Benefits to artisans include profit-sharing, pension plans and medical benefits. Dominion Traders provides interest-free loans and advances to artisans.
Dominion searches out the highest quality onyx, going to the onyx mines, selecting stone with beautiful colors and grains. When the onyx boulders arrive in Karachi from the mines, the huge blocks are cut into smaller chunks using a lathe-like machine with a circular blade. The artisans carve the onyx into bowls, animals, candlesticks, bookends, lamps, and boxes taking advantage of the natural colors and grains.
Despite recent economic development in Pakistan many have not benefited from the economic growth. Fair trade through Dominion Traders provides opportunities for individuals who otherwise may not have steady income to support their families and themselves.