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Asha, which means “hope” in Sanskrit, was started by professionals responding to the abject poverty of artisans, the problem of exploitative middlemen, and the disappearance of many traditional crafts.
Sasha represents more than 5,000 artisans in some 100 workshops, 70% of whom are women, using a business model which aims to help artisans develop self-sufficiency and reliable income.
Maximizing Employment to Serve the Handicapped (MESH) is a non-profit organization in India founded to provide opportunities for disabled people and their dependents, especially those affected by leprosy.
This group of 15 women has chosen the name Ashirwad, which means, “blessings,” because they anticipate a better future through the blessing of an income earned.
Palam Rural Centre offers employment opportunities to people of the marginalized Harijan community in southeastern India.
Silence offers training to people with hearing, visual and physical impairments and operates an institute that provides vocational training in arts and crafts.
Tara Projects works to change the lives of India’s “untouchables,” by eliminating unfair trade practices and child labour, fighting the exploitation of artisans and supporting Fair Trade and human dignity.
Artisans with St. Mary's Mahila Shikshan Kendra use their traditional skills to create beautiful Gujarati embroidery featuring mirror-work and peacock, elephant, flower and fern motifs.
The Craft Resource Centre (CRC) provides marketing, design, finance and exporting assistance to a large number of artisan groups across India.
Madhya Kalikata Shilpangan (MKS) is a non-profit organization that helps artisans in West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh develop their skills and become self-reliant.
Poocharam Federation is a community-based organization committed to empowering women through employment and financial power within their own families.
Noah’s Ark was established by Christian businessman, Samuel Masih, who observed how middlemen demanded fees, leaving metalworkers with very little pay. Although he knew nothing of the Fair Trade movement, he set out to ensure better wages for the impoverished artisans.
The International Foundation for Fair Trade and Development (IFFAD) is a non-profit organization that works with producers with disabilities, rural women and traditional artisans.
The Blue Mango Trust is a business run by and for women who are disabled, deserted, widowed or living with AIDS.
Working with more than 45 artisan groups that employ 250 families, Aspiration International (AI) is providing makers in Northern India with a way out of poverty.