Made by artisans in India and Nepal, our colorfully original designs are now sold in 50 states and 12 countries, and provide a stable source of income for families in some of the world’s poorest communities.
India is a traditional society where a woman doesn’t usually work outside the home. It’s not too bold a generalization to say that upon joining the co-ops many of the women are shy and timid, but that soon changes. The women form close friendships and begin to come out of their shells. As co-op social worker Sampada explained, “First they are like, ‘meow.’ But later they are a tiger of the Center!” This newfound confidence and voice carries over into their own communities. Choti, the head of her embroidery group, organized a successful protest with over 200 women to demand water for her village during a long drought and it worked! Choti told us it was through the co-op that she gained the confidence to stand up for herself and her larger community.