Message to Traidcraft supporters from Moon Sharma, Tara Projects, India when she visited Traidcraft in September 2006
"When I compare what things were like 20 years ago and now, your work has been instrumental in changing the lives of many producers in a positive way. Many of their lives are better than before, both economically and socially."
"Also, they have found some meaning. When they start work they work for money, but with the money they learn about values, such as working conditions should be good, trade should be fair, women should have dignity. They learn about child labour. These are concepts they did not know before they started work. In this way, we are challenging ways of thinking, not just the economic situation."
Tara Projects is also one of the producer groups visited by Traidcraft Meet the People Tours, and we asked Moon what the visits mean to them.
"I think it is very important that the people behind the products and the people who are buying have a connection," she said.
"It is very inspiring to meet the Fair Traders and we hope that they will continue to visit as part of the Traidcraft groups. We are very happy to see them. These are the people who are the backbone of the whole idea of the fair trade movement."
Tara Projects Background
Tara Projects is a non-profit organisation based in Delhi serving some 25 community-based groups of artisans from all regions in North India. They are currently Traidcraft's biggest supplier of crafts and have been supplying us for 20 years.