- Sky or Clay
- 100% cotton
- 80" x 22" (203.2 x 55.9 cm)
- Handmade in & fairly traded from India
Made by: Destiny Reflection
Destiny Foundation, based in Kolkata, India, was founded with the mission to end slavery and sex trafficking through the economic empowerment of women. The Foundation comprises two divisions – Destiny, the charitable wing; and Reflection, the social business wing – which work in tandem with each other. Their aim is not simply to save girls from trafficking or sexual exploitation, but to make certain that they are not compelled to go back into the trade due to social and economic pressures. To achieve that end, Destiny Reflection recruits women from shelter homes and brothels, giving them training and employment opportunity. All their employees have been subjected to trafficking or are at high risk of falling prey to the process.
Their social entrepreneurship program strives to provide girls from underprivileged and vulnerable backgrounds a steady means of employment. The girls’ stint with the Foundation begins with on-the-job training conducted at Destiny, where they are taught stitching and embroidery among other skills. Once adequately trained, they are employed in Reflection, becoming a part of a formal work environment. Their products hand-made by their employees – a variety of bags, fashion accessories, stationery items, kantha and household furnishings made from silk sari fabrics and block-printed organic cotton – constitute Reflection’s signature collections. Proceeds from the sale of these products support the Foundation’s activities and ensure a steady income for the employed girls.
Destiny Reflections has been able to restore 100 lives, employed 75 women and provided them with fair wages, housing, health care and medical insurance support. They also assist a few independent individuals and women’s groups who work and produce goods in collaboration.