Noah’s Ark is the first and only Fair Trade certified exporter (member of WFTO and FTF India) in Moradabad. For over 25 years, Noah’s Ark has supported artisans and their families with fair wages 10-15% higher than local wages, long-term business investment and collaboration, and health and education initiatives.
An NGO, Noah’s Ark Handicrafts & Artisan Welfare Society, was
created in 2000 to advance the charitable activities of the
organization, which now include clean water, education, health and
capacity building initiatives. Through their work, Noah’s Ark give an
identity to the artisan’s craft and help them to appreciate the value of
their products while ensuring they have the skills and resources to
succeed in a changing market. Like the biblical story of Noah’s Ark that
symbolizes the concept of saving mankind, Noah’s Ark strive to save the
art of making handicrafts.
Noah’s Ark Mission
To empower low income artisans to break the cycle of poverty and to preserve the cultural traditions of their crafts through our commitment to Fair Trade.
A Fair Trade for-profit that creates a sustainable revenue stream for artisans through the export of handmade crafts to international buyers.
A not-for-profit, funded solely by the for-profit, that provides health, education, clean water, profit sharing and capacity building initiatives directly to artisans, their families, and factory workers.
Staff: 35 full-time workers on-site, plus 49 artisan groups employing over 500 artisans (30% of whom are women).