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This lovely set of four hand carved Elephant coasters from India are made from mango wood. They come in a bespoke container which is also decorated with Elephant illustrations.
Profit from trade in these Fair Trade carvings not only benefits the crafts people but also provides an extra source of income for mango farmers, because the wood is sold for use in handicrafts after the trees have finished fruiting.
Asha Handicrafts have been practising Fair Trade since 1975, even before the concepts of Fair Trade became popular abroad. Asha means "hope" in Sanskrit.
Smaller scale handicraft producers are disadvantaged because they lack financial awareness and knowledge of promotional and management skills. By purchasing directly from artisan groups and offering advance payments on orders, Asha tries to increase the income levels of producer groups and artisans and prevent them from accumulating long-term debts. Asha's contributions have presented artisans with an opportunity to improve their standards, helping them feed their families and continue with their livelihoods, the tradition of crafts.