Traidcraft - September 2017
Thanks to everyone who came along to the Traidcraft stall held at the Wednesday Cuppa in July and to everyone who has supported the monthly Sunday stalls.
We sell over 250 pounds worth of stock at each monthly stall !
Asha Handicrafts was started in 1975 by an English woman who admired the beautiful crafts of the Indian artisans but realized that they didn’t have the marketing options. Asha means ‘hope’ in Sanskrit and that is exactly what has been offered to thousands of craftspeople over the years.
Asha Handicrafts seeks to preserve the crafts of India and to help the artisans with training in marketing and business. Asha Handicrafts also offers the communities medical centres, schools and tuition centres run by the local community with educational grants being given to girls who are not valued in some communities.
Almost 20 years ago, a dirty, desperate man came into Asha headquarters . He had not eaten for days and was struggling to feed his family. He had artisan’s skills but could not sell his products. Asha took him on. Now 20 years later, he is one of Asha’s biggest producers. He has 2 work rooms and 46 people working with him. His family have thrived and all his children have been to college. What a wonderful story!
This is the craftsman who produces the beautiful, heart shaped wooden cheese boards which are available from Traidcraft. If you would like to see the cheeseboards we can show you if you visit one of our stalls or contact me (details below). Thanks to people like you who support Traidcraft, people’s lives are changing all over the world.
We hold a Traidcraft stall on the 4th Sunday of each month in the porch room after the 10am service. We also sell cards EVERY week ….a great idea if you are suddenly in need of a birthday or occasional card or just a blank notecard.
Do come along and support Traidcraft!!
Jackie Natt 01453 731018.