About 60 Fair Trade craftspeople from nearby communities in South India create these soap holders. From softening the raw clay to shaping it on the potter’s wheel, firing it in wood-burning kilns, glazing it, and finally packing it, every step of the process is carried out by hand.
The year round employment allows the artisans to enjoy a good quality of life in the rural surroundings.
The unit supports a school of 350 pupils.
WHY WE SOURCED THIS SUPPLIER
- New Overseas Traders is the wholesale division of The India Shop, a family firm importing from India. It is a member of BAFTS, the British Association of Fair Trade for shops and suppliers, and provides much-needed employment, particularly in rural areas, keeping alive traditional craft skills.
- All workers are treated with respect, have reasonable working conditions and are paid fair wages. No child is exploited.
- The company uses green electricity, goods and production techniques are environmentally friendly and packaging is reused.
- New Overseas Traders supports ideas for improving social, medical and education conditions for the worker families involved in the production of its goods.