Never lose your glasses again with this Fair Trade wooden spectacles stand / holder!
Do you keep misplacing your specs? Why not keep them on this attractive wooden spectacles stand, which has been handmade in India by craftsmen at Asha Handicrafts Association. In Sanskrit, Asha means “hope”.
This wooden spectacles stand has been hand-carved from sheesham wood, which is part of the rosewood family. It is a durable and fast-growing wood, reaching maturity in 15-20 years compared to 80-90 years for hardwoods like teak.
Asha encourage their artisans to plant trees in place of those which are used to make their hand carved wooden products.
India, which is one of the largest handcraft-producing countries in the world, offers an almost unlimited range of crafts and products. However, these beautiful items can be produced in conditions of abject poverty, with craft workers in bondage to moneylenders.
Asha gives marketing support and technical assistance to groups of small producers and craftsmen and women.
By purchasing directly from the workers and giving generous advances, they increase income levels and help groups become self-sufficient.
A team of Christian welfare workers are employed to help producers with business concerns and issues.
Asha welfare workers are stationed at different producer groups and co-operatives, sharing skills and extending medical help and education to the workers and their families. Technical training is also provided to increase efficiency and to encourage the growth and development of cottage industries.
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