Asha Handicrafts - India
India has always been renowned for its rich silk fabrics, wood carvings and carpets. However, many of these products are produced in conditions of abject poverty for the craftsmen, exploited by large producers and moneylenders. Asha Handicrafts is a not-for-profit making body, based in Mumbai, India, working to promote Fair Trade and Fair Trade practices. As a member organization of The World Fair Trade Organization, Asha Handicrafts ensures that the benefits of handicraft production reach the craftspeople themselves.
Asha means "hope" in Sanskrit, and not only hope but the means to uplift artisans lives is being provided with each scarf purchase! Though Fair Trade thousands of artisans in India are being treated with equality, dignity, and respect they deserve while allowing them to preserve traditional crafts.
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