Celebrating Fair Trade Fortnight

Fair Trade Fortnight (23 February – 8th March) provides a great opportunity to raise the profile of fair trade producers. Nkuku supports a number of fair trade projects.  Our Mali pottery collection is handmade in southern India as part of a fair trade scheme.

The scheme was established to provide training and secure employment for men and women both able bodied and disabled, from disadvantaged backgrounds. The scheme now employs forty people and focusses particularly on empowering women in the work place.

All the artisans on the scheme are offered three years training, the first year is dedicated to basic skills with more specialist skills being taught throughout the program. The artisans earn a fixed monthly salary to help ensure stability.

The scheme has had a direct impact on the living standards of the artisans. Many, when they started had limited opportunities and basic living standards. The regular employment means that the artisans have enough funds to make improvements such as installing electricity and running water into their homes as well as making a few small luxury purchases such as televisions and bicycles to help with transport to work.

The Mali collection continues to expand and we look forward to developing new exciting pieces with this fantastic fair trade producer.

To find out more about fair trade visit http://www.wfto.com/ or http://bafts.org.uk/

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  • Nkuku specialise in eco friendly, fairly traded homeware and gifts. Our products are inspired by the traditional skills of artisans throughout Africa and India. We combine contemporary design with age old traditions, natural materials and sustainable methods of production. We passionately support fair trade and consider the environment in everything we do.