Kerala Crafts, a Bath based project, was established in 2001, and became a registered charity in October 2010. Its objects are to help provide an alternative to a life of poverty by supporting 5 projects in Kerala, south India:
Valsalya Bhavan - home for rescued girls aged between 5 & 16 years
Adelaide Bhavan - independent living for older orphaned girls
Vimala Welfare Centre - meeting the needs of marginalised women
Malabar Memsahib Welfare - a women's stitching co-operative
Fair Cotton Cooperative Alliance - a range of fair trade cotton products
Made by ladies who smile
We want to reassure our customers that our artisans are happy and ......
How it Started
Kerala Crafts came into being after a holiday in Kerala and witnessing the plight of many marginalized people, particularly women. I visited a women’s welfare centre whilst there and was impressed with the quality, designs and colours of the handicrafts the women were making. I thought the best way to help would be to buy the products, thus keeping the women in work. I brought back a few things and showed them to family and friends – and the rest is history! Seventeen years on, and we are still buying the lovely fair trade handicrafts. We have also set up a women’s co-operative, who make our fair trade knickers, as well as supporting an orphanage for girls. We operate strictly on a fair trade basis.
Christine Snow, Founder - Volunteer