Meet the Makers: Kanta Ji

January 31, 2017

Matr Boomie has worked in India for over a decade, bringing fairly traded goods to a global market. True partnerships are cultivated with women’s groups, minorities, those with special needs, from urban slums to isolated rural communities, empowering artisans through dignified, sustainable employment.

Meet Kanta Ji, a paper craft artisan. As an uneducated woman in India, she faces many challenges, but she is proud to be able to support herself through her work with Matr Boomie and its partners who raise women’s social status through economic independence and empowerment. For women like Kanta Ji to have a voice in their community, women need to make an income. In the agricultural community of Gujarat, for example, families rely on men to migrate to cities for seasonal work. Through vocational training and craft development, women can stay in their villages and earn stable income while tending to agricultural and household duties. This group of 2,700 tribal artisans now enjoy wages that have quadrupled, and the respect of their community — and themselves — as providers.

Learn more about Matr Boomie's work with women and minority group artisans here.

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