Helping to support women across the world by partnering with producers who empower disadvantaged women

from developing communities through economic independence, education and charity.

Creative Handicrafts

Creative Handicrafts is a social enterprise based in Mumbai that works to empower disadvantaged women of the slum communities through economic independence. In keeping with its mission, Creative Handicrafts also started a catering service managed by women who could not pick up the skill of sewing. This project is now run under the name 'ASLI FOODS' and is managed independently by the women themselves.


"At Creative Handicrafts, we are grateful for a continuous flow of orders from People Tree as it is here that we can give hope to women of less fortunate backgrounds. Their orders make the women push their technical and tailoring skills to a level they did not see possible and they are thoroughly surprised with the beautiful garments they are able to produce by standing up to the challenge."

Amanda, who works for Creative Handicrafts

“Truly there is no better joy than to experience smiles on the women’s faces as when they speak about becoming financially sustainable and thereby being able to educate their children and create better prospects for them.”

Amanda, who works for Creative Handicrafts


KTS

KTS was established to assist the local Pode community of street sweepers who had been denied education and employment opportunities because of the caste system in Nepal where they were seen as ‘untouchables’. KTS provides these women with vocational training in hand knitting, jewellery making and carpentry.


In 1984, KTS opened a primary school which today encompasses a free nursery and school for 250 children and runs a day-care centre, for the children of trainees, producers and staff. The company also offers welfare and education for orphan/semi-orphan children at the KTS orphanage.


Swallows

Swallows was set up to provide opportunities for women after their village in Bangladesh was devastated in 1971, when all the adult males were massacred during the war of independence.


Swallows mission is to empower poor and underprivileged women in the local area by creating employment opportunities, economic and social awareness and educating the landless for the rights of land

As a women's project, even hand weaving, which is normally considered mens' work, is done by women. The natural and azo-free dyed yarns are hand woven into fabrics, then hand embellished with embroidery and tailored. Profits from Fair Trade help cover the running costs of the Swallows school and People Tree supported Swallows to open a day care centre for the workers' babies and toddlers in 2007.

"The Fair Trade principles applied by People Tree have created economic stability for Swallows, allowing it to become an independent organisation, this has led to the empowerment of the women of Thanapara."

Mrs Gini Ali, Assistant Director at Swallows

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