This project involves a Fair Trade group based in Delhi, India that helps street children and orphans sleeping rough in the railway station in New Delhi.
It was established in 2004 by “grown up” ex-street children, who decided to make bags from recycled newspaper in order to provide an income for themselves and to offer food, shelter, counselling and education to young street children in desperate need.
The kids now live in a house in a village about an hour`s journey from the city.
HOW THE BAGS ARE MADE:
About 80 mainly female adults in the group and surrounding village actually hand-make the newspaper bags,
which can be used as carrier bags or gift bags.
In the early days, they collected old newspapers from houses using a rickshaw bicycle.
Now, due to the order volumes they have achieved, they are supplied directly with unsold papers from various newspaper companies in Delhi.
To date, the project has helped over 50 street children, through counselling, education, food and shelter.
Sometimes they have encouraged & helped the runaway children to return home,
others have been looked after until they are adults who are able to support themselves and given support to help them integrate into the wider community.
The project also creates employment for 60 families in the surrounding village, who help make the bags.
They have bought some land and hope to save up to build a larger home and work unit there.
HOW THE BAGS ENTER THE UK MARKET:
Our UK-based importer/ wholesaler has supported this group since the beginning and their orders now provide 85% of the year-round income and ensure regular orders for the group.
We are talking here of more than 500 000 bags a year!
The importer is a member of BAFTS (The British Association for Fair Trade Shops and Suppliers).
(BAFTS Fair Trade Network UK is a network of independent shops and suppliers dedicated to promoting Fair Trade retail in the UK.)
AND THE BAGS THEMSELVES:
THE FAIR TRADE STORE has been retailing these bags to their customers for over 10 years now
and they have proved extremely popular as a good, eco-friendly carrier bag or gift bag option.
Details about our unique Fair Trade recycled Indian newspaper gift bags:
• The handles are made from hard-wearing, locally-sourced jute for comfort & convenience.
• They have a re-inforced base for extra strength – the bags are stronger than they look – but please keep from getting wet!
• Make a unique gift bag for any presents as no two bags are the same!
• Comes complete with a little tag showing a picture of the boys and explaining their back-story.
• Available in 3 sizes – small, medium & large
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