Passion Lilie works with a fair trade organization in India that employs marginalized and disadvantaged individuals while offering them a fair and living wage. The organization is certified by the World Fair Trade Organization, which guarantees that the organization meets a certain set of standards as listed below. They also go above these standards by offering training, education and medical assistance as needed.
Fair trade is not charity. It is a trade-based movement that focuses on creating long-term relationships based on transparency, trust and respect. By paying fair wages, creating safe working conditions and offering training centers for those in developing countries, we can help to alleviate the cycle of poverty and create sustainable livelihoods, which lead to better communities and a better world.
Here is one small example of how one of the organizations we work with has helped a young woman in India.
Orphaned at an early age, Ammu was taken in by her grandmother. She struggled with tuberculosis and her grandparents struggled financially. Her Aunt introduced her to the fair trade organization, which gave her light work in the tailoring unit and they also helped her with her medical bills. She soon found a passion for design and embroidery work. Thanks to the medicine, she has now regained strength and is highly committed to her work. This is what she has to say:
“I thoroughly enjoy the stitching, packing and embroidery aspects of my job and have been told that I am a very quiet and efficient worker. [The workshop] takes care of me and provides me with medical, emotional and spiritual help. Each day we pray before we start work and on Mondays some of us meet for Bible study, which helps us with our problems... I am now confident about myself and know that I do not have to accept abuse or violence in my marriage.”
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