Purple, or Teal
- 100% cotton
- 71" L x 18" W (180 x 45.7 cm)
- Handmade in and fairly traded from India
Made by: MarketPlace India
MarketPlace: Handwork of India grew out of a very small-scale venture organized in 1980 to help three low-income women in Mumbai, India. At that time Pushpika Freitas and Lalita Monteiro founded the Indian nonprofit SHARE and began teaching the women to sew patchwork quilts by hand, work they could do at home without having to pay for childcare or equipment. This small experiment attracted attention from other women in the neighborhood. By 1992 the artisans numbered over 120. Today MarketPlace works with over 400 artisans organized into 11 cooperatives.
Economic development is only the first step in the MarketPlace: Handwork of India philosophy of social change. When a woman is able to earn a living and feed her family, her worth within the family increases significantly. Developing leadership for social change is their central goal. As the women become empowered economically, socially, and personally, they grow to be leaders. They begin questioning age-old traditions that hold women back and they work to improve the quality of life for their families and communities. MarketPlace's model includes many opportunities for learning and experience related to running a business. By organizing and managing their own cooperatives, the artisans learn about design, production, quality control, and finances. Other programs are platforms for personal development which will help the artisans to reach their full potential.