Artisan Connect

Baladarshan

Date : 2011-05-20 14:22:05

DescriptionBaladarshan focuses on providing economic opportunities and social services for women in the slums of India. The company owns and runs SPEED Trust (Slum People Education and Economic Development), a non-profit organization supported by the sales of Baladarshan fair-trade products. SPEED Trust provides education, medical care and micro-credit loans to women in the slums of Chennai, India - the poorest of the poor. Originally the company started by simply organizing activities, which improved the livelihoods of those in the lower end of the Indian caste system. Today, the company has extended its vision and employs individual female artisans. These women are considered to be "Untouchables" (Dalits) within the Indian caste structure. Some are physically challenged or blind and not able to find work. Through the support of SPEED Trust and Baldarshan, these women are able to work from home, enabling them to receive fair wages while looking after their children. About 50% of the Baladarshan women use basket weaving as their primary source of income, either in a single parent household (some women are widowed or deserted) or in addition to their husbands' work. As the cost of living rapidly increases in India, even women who own small business are complementing their income by making Baldarshan products. SPEED Trust provides the raw materials of collected recycled plastic and other colourful materials at no additional cost to the women and pays them per basket. In addition, eco-friendly polypropylene (recycled plastic) is used in the basket weaving, which helps reduce the environmental impact of the baskets. By improving the lives of the artisans and families and accounting for the environmental impact of the baskets' production, Baladarshan and SPEED Trust make a positive impact on their communities as whole.

http://www.baladarshan.com/en/index.php

Street Address

CityChennai

CountryIndia

Name of InstitutionBaladarshan

Phone

Mobile

Fax

Type of ActivitySupport Institution

Emailbalafairtrade@gmail.com



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