Asha Handicrafts, (Asha means "hope" in Sanskrit), was established in 1975 by a group of Christian businessmen, and today is successfully marketing handcrafts for over 50 family workshops around India, representing 1500 artisans, irrespective of caste or creed.
On top of benefits such as advances to purchase raw materials and interest-free loans, Asha welfare workers provide the artisans' families with medical care and educational assistance, including scholarships for primary school children, school fees, uniforms and books. Asha encourages and assists the workshops to find their own markets and to deal directly with customers eventually, instead of becoming dependant on Asha for work.
Buy of the day does love a bit of clean healthy fun, what ho chaps! We therefore have fallen in love with this great new game!
Don't even think about blinking when you play Pucket, it's all mind over matter ... In fact you better make sure you cleared your bladder before starting, because it's either that or wet your pants.
Those not wanting too many complicated rules should try Pucket .... Expect much raucousness and fierce competition.
Pucket - a sort of riotious elasticated backgammon ... Hands down the most addictive game to hit the market in years.
New Internationalist supports Fair Trade producers like The Chetna Organic Cotton Project. Fair Trade promotes a fair wage and fair working conditions, encouraging developing world producers to help themselves.
A little about The Chetna Organic Cotton Project: Say NO to pesticides that poison three million people every year, and help make trade fairer at the same time.
New Internationalist Australia is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization, which means we have to stock a percentage of Fair Trade products, and also adhere to Fair Trade practices ourselves. Great for supporting producers rights, and also for our staff.
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