Welcome to our global maker-to-market movement where, together with 20,000 artisans, we ignite social change. We create opportunities for individuals, families, and communities in developing countries to thrive through strong relationships, fair wages, safe working conditions, and sustainable practices.
Spherical gorara stone candleholder shows the stone craftsman's skill. Agra artisans first cut the stone to size using a band saw. Then the surface design is carved, using a fine drill. Last comes the lattice work, cutting spaces for candlelight to shine through. Gorara stone is sometimes referred to as India soapstone. It is from the Hamirpur and Mahoba areas of Uttar Pradesh and comes in a variety of mottled colors.
HANDCRAFTED IN INDIA
A fair trade organization, Asha represents more than 6,500 artisans in 10 states of India. The association’s name, meaning "hope" in Sanskrit, represents its goal to sustain the marketing ability of individual and family–based artisans. A not–for–profit organization, Asha works to ensure that benefits of handicraft production reach the craftspeople themselves. Asha promotes sustainability and helps eliminate producer debt through direct purchases and advance payments. Producer benefits include educational assistance for children, medical checkups and treatment, a health center at Saharanpur, savings programs for artisans and spouses, nonformal education projects and relief–related social projects. Ten Thousand Villages has purchased products from Asha since 1976.