- Glass beads & silver-tone metal
- 35" L (88.9 cm) with 2" L (5.1 cm) extender
- Handmade in and fairly traded from India
Made by: Tara Projects
Tara Projects is a fair trade organization based in New Delhi, India. The project seeks to help craftspeople gain awareness, rights and human dignity in order to combat poverty. Tara provides women and men with economic security through regular work at living wages, craft training and marketing services. Founded in the early 1970s with the goal of providing avenues of economic growth to economically disadvantaged artisans in Delhi, Tara has become a pillar of the fair trade community in India.
Tara Projects initiated a livelihood generation program, a tailoring center for the young women in the community and a free tuition center for unprivileged children. “Mahila Vikas Samooh” was formed in 2008 as a “Woman Development Group”. According to the meaning of the word the women are working collectively to earn their livelihood through making jewelry. Over time the organization provided further training to improve the skills of the artisans and therefore the quality of the products. Initially the group was started with seven women. Now it directly employs nineteen women who work on economic empowerment.
Since its inception, Tara Projects has been committed to fighting exploitation, poverty, and illiteracy of artisans who are subjected to the social injustices of unfair trade practices. Besides training artisans in design, production and marketing of handicrafts, Tara also funds and maintains several adult literacy and vocational training centers, and has spearheaded numerous campaigns for ecological, environmental and female educational issues, and against child and bonded labor, illiteracy, and unfair trade practices.