artisans

ConneXions

In cities such as Kolkata (Calcutta), India, many young girls are forced into the slavery of the sex trade because of dire poverty. Puja , for example, was especially at risk because she had lost both parents by the time she was a young teen. But because the ConneXions artisan group was working in her community she ...


Ergon Handicrafts

Many girls and even women in India are viewed as burdens to their families. But through Ergon Handicrafts, women are given the opportunity to be seen as contributors to their families rather than burdens. Ergon is a handicrafts center based in Delhi, India, that seeks to empower women with job skills, income, and ...


Freeset

Each Freeset bag is more than just a stitched piece of fabric, it tells a story of freedom. For hundreds of women who were trapped in India’s sex trade it brings freedom from a life that robbed them of dignity and hope. At Freeset women are given the opportunity to choose a new job and regain control of their lives in ...


Godavari Women

In some villages of India, a woman may not remarry, even if her husband has passed away. This tradition forces women to become the sole provider for their children, even though they don’t have any marketable skills. Godavari Women, a group of artisans that creates crocheted lace items and tote bags, allows women to ...


Himalayan Tapestry

Within each stitch of the Himalayan Tapestry artisans’ handiwork is a story of illiteracy, abuse within marriage, and culturally conditioned gender discrimination. While these Indian women suffer quietly, they are expected to carry the financial burden of their families. The women come to Himalayan Tapestry with ...


Love Calcutta Arts

The scarring influence of the sex trade does not affect just one generation in India. Despairing mothers often leave a legacy of poverty and prostitution to their daughters, who in turn carry on because they know no other lifestyle. Enter Love Calcutta Arts. Their handicrafts unit enables young women to support ...


Noah's Ark

Noah’s Ark is an innovative network of 100 fair-trade artisan groups, representing 600 individuals, across India. Artisans work with a variety of materials, including wood, paper, and metal, to create contemporary products using traditional methods. All workshops are committed to providing sustainable income in an ...


Noorjahan Enterprises

After Sahid had his truck—his only means of income—stolen from him in the big city, he returned home to his Indian village dejected and in desperate need. At just the right time, Noorjahan Enterprises reached that village and was able to offer jewelry-making work to the ladies of Sahid’s household. With tools and ...


Rahab's Rope

Mary grew up in an orphanage in India with a bleak outlook for her future. When time came for her to leave the orphanage she was deceived by an offer of marriage and found herself instead in a brothel. She escaped and tried to commit suicide multiple times, the last time by eating glass. A member of Rahab’s Rope ...


Sewa Ashram

Sewa Ashram in India exists to help transform the lives of the poor economically, physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. Amar Chand was living on the streets—addicted to drugs, broke from gambling, and seriously ill. He was battling spinal tuberculosis in a hospital when Sewa Ashram found him and moved him ...


Shelano

The young women of Shelano have come from the slums in the south of Kolkata, India. With their background and limited education, finding a job is difficult, if not impossible. By purchasing their handmade products, you are not only getting a fairly traded product, you are giving a woman an opportunity to take care of ...


Vijaya Deepam Trust

Vijaya Deepam Trust works with young women in their early 20s to mid-30s in India. These women come from impoverished backgrounds, and the money they earn through Vijaya Deepam Trust allows them to feed their children and pay for their education. All profits made through the sale of their products are shared among the ...


Village Artisans

As a minority group in India, Muslim herdsmen continually face discrimination, making it difficult for them to find jobs and access government benefits. Although they grow wheat and corn and raise cows or water buffalo, they only earn $1 per day. Many were affected by a powerful earthquake in 2005 and suffer with the ...