Kerala Crafts was set up in 2001 to help provide an alternative to a life of poverty by providing sustainable employment to marginalised women in Kerala, southern India. We support 3 women's co-operatives & also an orphanage for girls. Support is both practical and financial.
We are committed to Fairtrade, and help to provide opportunities for artisans who are economically disadvantaged in the conventional trading system. There is no distinction made of caste, age or religion in the workplace
Kerala Crafts was established to address the needs of marginalised women & girls in south India.
We help to provide employment to women who would otherwise have no work, few prospects & thus little hope. One group of women work at the Vimala Welfare Centre - they make banana fibre handicrafts. Wages & working conditions are well above the norm for India. The women are able to improve living standards, & importantly, afford to send their children to school. The centre's outreach within Cochin, continues, & includes day care for the elderly, subsidised accommodation for poor female students, provision of commercial & secretarial courses & a range of community development programmes. Hundreds of individuals are helped through all these projects, & the benefits flow out into the communities in which they live.
Kerala Crafts also supports Valsalya Bhavan, an orphanage for girls up to the age of 15. Currently it is home to 100 girls who have been rescued from dangerous situations such as begging, child labour & sexual abuse. We find sponsors for the girls, which provides food, school costs,travel, medicines, sanitary towels etc.
Older girls have accommodation within the welfare centre, enabling them to make the difficult yet vital transition to independent living.
We also support a smaller women's co-operative, Malabar Memsahib Welfare, which makes fairtrade lingerie for selling to shops in the UK and via the website www. Keralacrafts. Co. Uk
'Helping women to help themselves'
Kerala Crafts aims to:
- Vimala Welfare Centre Continuing supporting the centre which supports marginalised women in the community.We do this by purchasing their handicrafts, selling them in the UK and sending the money back
- Malabar Memsahib Welfare Continuing to support the co-operative by providing orders from the UK, selling products here and sending the money back to help create sustainable much-needed employment
- Valsalya Bhavan Orphanage To continue to support the orphanage by providing sponsors for each girl. We are always looking for more sponsors, as well as funds to help with general funding for the home
Established: May 2001
Registered Charity Number: 1138414
Board members: 4
Phone number: 01225 319642
Address: 5 Ivy PlaceBathSomerset BA2 1ARView charity accounts on the Charity Commission website
Malabar Memsahib Welfare ImprovementsKerala Crafts set up Malabar Memsahib Welfare in 2011, and it has gone from strength to st... More