AID works with rural farmers, tailors, weavers and other artisans to produce and market goods made that help consumers live lightly on the planet while paying fair wages to workers. Each enterprise is eco-friendly in its own ways – some focus on handspun, handloom or upcycled fabrics, some on traditional skills such as block printing and vegetable dyeing. AID supports growers and marketers of traditional crops such as millets, which are farmer-friendly, climate-friendly and highly nutritious.
AID partners with a number of enterprises that focus on employing people who have been marginalized due to trafficking, disability or displacement. All aim to provide safe and dignified working conditions, living wages. In some cases, workers have opportunities to manage the enterprise independently.
Last but not least, AID and partner organizations publish books and media that communicate the insights and best practices that help us work more effectively for social justice and sustainable development.
Look for products from the following fair-trade partners at shop.aidindia.org or at AID events near you:
Jivika – khadi and handloom apparel, bags and personal care including cloth diapers and menstrual pads, made by rural tailors in Srikakulam, Andhra. Goods for sustainable living – made in the village to save the planet.
JMS Chiguru – terra cotta jewellery and handicrafts made by a Dalit women’s organization in Karnataka.
Hunar – fashionable apparel made of block printed fabrics sewn by women earning living wages in Rajasthan.
Chitrika – beautiful fabrics from handloom weavers’ collectives in Andhra Pradesh.
Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao – fashionable purses and pouches made of upcylced cloth collected from factories in the inner city of Mumbai.
TOFU – fair-trade T-shirts with a social message made by women survivors of sex-trafficking in Karnataka.
Jan Swasthya Sahyog: Atlas of Rural Health, a book written by doctors working with marginalized tribal communities on health issues in the forest villages of Chhattisgarh.