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Stories of Hope in India – Trades of Hope

by | Artisans, Stories of Hope

Discover Stories of Hope in India! The women we partner with in India do so much more than just create beautiful products. With every purchase, another woman is empowered out of poverty to be self-reliant! When you purchase their handcrafted designs, you’re providing these women with opportunities to earn an income, attend financial management classes, and receive education and healthcare. (Read Time: 6 min.)

Empowering Women to Lead Their Families Out of Poverty

Ethically Sourced Genuine Handcrafted Leather – Safe Jobs With Fair Wages for Women in Areas of Extreme Poverty

These Artisans are committed to preserving India’s time-honored leather crafting traditions while advocating for women’s equality and supporting education for children in rural villages. Every purchase of their ethically sourced genuine leather designs helps provide fair-trade jobs and build schools in areas of extreme poverty.

Asha’s Story of Hope in India

There are no opportunities in India if you don’t have a good education, and all I have is a skill I learned from my mother.

My mother taught me basic weaving and braiding.

I shaped up this skill and polished it to become a Team Leader in this workshop where today, I have nine women working with me.

Our Trades of Hope order came just before the 2-month COVID-19 lockdown in India.

A lot of factories didn’t pay their workers who had to migrate back on foot to their hometowns.

I’m very lucky to work with this Artisan community.

Although there was a lockdown, our workshop continued to pay us.

“We have a light joke about this in our workshop – that Trades of Hope has really given us hope!”
– Asha, Artisan in India

Click on the photos below to explore these ethically made Artisanal products from Asha’s Artisan community!

Traditional Block Print and Handcrafted Leather – Preserving Artisan Traditions While Empowering Artisans

Using ancient leather crafting and block printing techniques, Artisans in India create beautiful traditional designs with modern function. Every purchase supports women and families in areas of extreme poverty by providing safe jobs and fair wages in communities where vulnerable women are often exploited in sweatshops.

Shama’s Story of Hope in India

“I became an Artisan when my husband left me.

I didn’t want to be a burden on my family.

Before the pandemic, I was working for a different company.

But due to Covid, I lost my job.

My cousin’s sister, Rafiqan, referred me to this workshop.

Imagining my life without work is scary now.

Having job security is the biggest peace of mind I have here.

We always get paid on time, and as women Artisans, we have the freedom to leave an hour early, which is good for me because I have a child to take care of.

I want my child to have a secure future.

I don’t want my daughter to end up like me.” – Shama, Artisan in India

“I wish that I’m able to afford to give my daughter an education. That’s my only dream.”
– Shama, Artisan in India

Click on each Artisan’s photo below to discover more Stories of Hope from Shama’s Artisan community!

Pooja’s Story of Hope
Shahnaz’s Story of Hope
Rafiqan’s Story of Hope
Afsar’s Story of Hope
Akash and Rabia’s Story of Hope

Click on the photos below to explore these ethically made Artisanal products from Shahnaz, Poojah, and Rafiqan!

Traditional Block Print Scarves – Sustainable Income for Women in Rural Villages

These Artisans are committed to preserving India’s time-honored leather crafting traditions while advocating for women’s equality and supporting education for children in rural villages. Every purchase of their ethically sourced genuine leather designs helps provide fair-trade jobs and build schools in areas of extreme poverty.

Babli’s Story of Hope in India

Babli creates traditional Bagru block-printed scarves in a quaint family workshop in India.

Her family takes great pride in being one of only a few workshops in their village who are able to create these unique designs without the use of machines.

Babli’s husband learned these skills after his income as a manual laborer wasn’t enough to provide for their essential needs.

As their family grew, Babli wanted their children to be able to enjoy a good education.

So Babli and her mother studied and practiced until they became master craftswomen.

Your purchase helps empower Babli to send her children to school and save toward her family’s dream of owning their own home.

Click on the photo below to explore these traditional block print scarves made by Babli and her Artisan community!

Sewing – Safe Jobs With Fair Wages for Vulnerable, Abused, and Differently-Abled Artisans

This Artisan community is committed to empowering widowed, abused, vulnerable, and differently-abled persons in India. Along with an income, these women are receiving education, job training, and are actively fighting for women’s rights. They have established a community in which all women, despite their past, have a haven where they become self-sufficient. Your purchase empowers these women to be the heroes of their own stories!

Dilshad’s Story of Hope in India

“After my marriage, my family tortured me many times for over a year.

One day, when I was cooking, my mother-in-law poured kerosene over me and burned me.

When I came to this workshop, my wounds on my hands were still raw.

I couldn’t lift or hold anything. It took me four to five years to learn everything.

Whatever samples I get, I’m capable of making now.

There is immense joy in working with everyone.”

– Dilshad, Artisan in India

I’ve got something that is more than a family here! Here, I work with dignity and hard work. This Artisan community has helped me enormously! I didn’t take anyone’s help to educate my son. I did it alone! How much I have traveled! From struggling to survive to actually living now!”
– Dilshad, Artisan in India

Click on the photo below to discover more Stories of Hope from Dilshad’s Artisan community!

These Differently-Abled Artisans Are Creating Totes Filled With Hope!

Click on the photo below to explore these ethically made designs from Dilshad’s Artisan community!

Sewing Job Skills Training – Empowering Vulnerable and Abused Women in Areas of Extreme Poverty

In areas of extreme poverty, vulnerable women are often exploited by sweatshops. These Artisans are committed to providing vulnerable women in areas of extreme poverty with opportunities to receive job skills training, childcare, and life-skills counseling. Your purchase provides women with safe jobs, fair wages, health care, and more!

Rinku’s Story of Hope in India

All of her life, Rinku was told she was nothing without a man.

When her hopes of finding safety and security through marriage turned into a life of fear and violent abuse, she fled back to her parents’ home.

Four times, she was told she was a burden to them and sent back with her baby girl to her abusive marriage.

Finally, the fifth time Rinku fled, someone told her about a local community of Artisans who train women how to become financially independent through handcrafting fair-trade products.

This Artisan community taught her sewing skills and helped her learn how to support her family.

Rinku’s parents now view her as an asset to their home, instead of a burden.

Click on each Artisan’s photo below to discover more Stories of Hope from Rinku’s Artisan community!

Beula’s Story of Hope
Maya’s Story of Hope

Click on the photo below to explore these fair-trade fashions from Rinku’s, Beula’s, and Maya’s Artisan community!

Artisanal Dyeing, Hand-Stitching & Fringe – Empowering Women in Rural Villages to Send Their Children to School

India is home to one-fourth of the world’s poor. As fair-trade Artisans, women have a safe way to provide food and shelter for their families without having to leave them. Many of these scarves are crafted by mothers while their children play by their side.

Susoma’s Story of Hope in India

“Though my husband works, his income is insufficient to support a family.
My work is helping me earn money and achieve my goals.
This has resulted in providing a good education, food, lifestyle to my children in India.”
– Susoma, Artisan in India

Click on the photo below to explore this ethically made Artisanal scarf made by Susoma’s Artisan community!

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Kathy Thomas

Kathy Thomas

Kathy Thomas is an inspirational writer with a passion for helping women discover and celebrate their unique gifts and abilities. Kathy is part of the Communications Team at Trades of Hope focusing on Artisan advocacy.

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