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 4 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
'SHE'S' - Malabar Memsahib Welfare - a women's stitching co-operative
Made by ladies who smile - giving women a voice to be heard
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! Almost 20 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