Asha Handicrafts have been practising Fair Trade since 1975
...even before the concept of Fair Trade became popular abroad. Asha in Sanskrit means 'hope' and Asha have brought hope by providing a marketing outlet to the individual craftsmen.
Based in Gokhiwara, India, Asha is an association of voluntary businessmen dedicated to helping craftsmen, financially, ecologically and spiritually through its welfare centre and interrelated programs.
The team of Asha welfare workers are stationed at different producer groups and co-operatives and move closely with them and their family sharing skills, extending medical help and education. Technical training is also provided to increase efficiency and productivity to encourage the growth and development of cottage industries.