Help Out this Summer by Supporting Women in Southern India

This summer, One World Projects is in full swing supporting artisans from all around the world. By importing products handmade by local artisans, we are advocating fair wages, safe working conditions, education and many other rights that the artisans otherwise would not have access to. Since 2010, we have been working with a particular organization that aims to combat poverty in Southern India.

Almost one third of India’s population of more than 1.1 billion continues to live below the poverty line, and a large proportion of these people live in rural areas. A major cause of this poverty among both individuals and communities is lack of access to productive assets and financial resources. Luckily, a focus is being generated on micro-enterprise development, which could generate income and enable people in these rural areas to improve their living conditions.

3194-Speed-Trust-Chennai-India-Recycled-Plastic-Bags-Slum-Handmade-Fair-Trade-Ghandi-NagarBaladarshan, a network of South Indian social organizations involving disadvantaged women in crafts production, was founded by a group of social workers committed to improving conditions in these rural areas. As a certified fair trade member, it has an affirmative vision to improve the livelihood of isolated women and their children in Chennai slum areas. It hopes to make a difference by training particularly downtrodden women in handicrafts, supplying a steady and fair paid employment, building self-esteem among the producers, fighting child labor and ensuring education, and providing a safe environment in terms of housing, nutrition, and health.

SPEED Trust (Slum People Education & Economic Development) is a non-profit organization based in Chennai, India. The organization supports socio-economically deprived women from the urban slum areas of Chennai. SPEED Trust partnered with Baladarshan to form a fair trade network of organizations that supports various women craft producers, organizations and cooperatives working towards creating better livelihood opportunities, self-sustainability and a platform for their products.

12910-Masala-Incense-India-Speed-Trust-Fair-Trade-Handmade-One-World-Projects (1)These incense sticks are made by women living in slums outside of Chennai, India that are associated with SPEED Trust. Each incense stick is hand-rolled using only natural essential oils and, when lit, will add an exotic fragrance to your surroundings.

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This extra large lined pink tote promotes the importance of reusing and recycling. These totes are handmade by blind and handicapped female. These recycled plastic totes are made by first melting bits of used plastic items, such as plastic bottles, and drying them in the sun. They are then turned into plastic strands that are dyed. The women of the SPEED Trust cooperative tightly hand weave the strands into these colorful and fun, yet very practical bags. This multi-functional bag is ideal for carrying craft projects, picnic supplies, clothes for your overnight trips or items that are used on a day-to-day basis.

In addition to these modern handicrafts, there are many traditional handicrafts that are still being produced today. For example, Indian artisans have been producing lacquered wooden products for local markets and aristocracies for many centuries. These beautiful handicrafts are still being handmade in India using the same traditional process. With the support of local designers and organizations, this skill has been adopted to today’s market in order to create functional products such as these unique barrettes.

12978-Wooden-Hair-Pins-India-Speed-Trust-Fair-Trade-Handmade-OneWorldProjects (1)Accessorize any outfit with these attractive wooden hair pins. Painted in colors ranging from green, yellow, red and black, these hair accessories are sure to draw attention to any hairstyle. The barrettes, consisting of a pin that passes through a ring, are extremely durable securely and keep any type of hair in place.

Check out more items from SPEED Trust and Baladarshan on our website: oneworldprojects.net 

Thank you for your continual support of fair and compassionate trade!

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