24 April, 2015

Introducing the people behind People Tree

Imran
by Anna Galandzij, Fairtrade Foundation

As millions of people across 71 countries are this week asking brands #whomademyclothes, the UK-based brand People Tree are introducing some of the people behind their Fair Trade tees, dresses and jumpers.

MS. ROSHANI MAHARJAN KUMBESHWAR, TECHNICAL SCHOOL, (KTS), NEPAL

Job: Hand Knitter

How long have you worked for KTS?

15 years

Why do you work for a Fair Trade organisation?

I knit for KTS as the pay is 35% higher than other companies locally. I am a group leader at KTS and enjoy helping other women learn to knit so they can support their families with a good income.

Roshani

MR. IMRAN HOSSAIN, ARTISAN HUT, INDIA

Job: Tailor and Trainer

How long they have you worked for Artisan Hut?

 5 years

Why do you work for a Fair Trade organisation?

We earn twice the minimum wage here. I have a pension fund, medical support and a bonus in a year. I married a lady who used to be a part timer for Artisan Hut stitching buttons. Now my wife is being trained in tailoring work at Artisan Hut.

Imran

MS. ROSY SOLANKY CREATIVE HANDICRAFTS, INDIA

Job: Assistant Production Manager

How long have you been working for Creative Handicrafts?

21 years

Why do you work for a Fair Trade organisation?

I work with dignity and pride. I have a regular salary, I am able to educate my children and help other women earn well.

Rosy 1  

MR. POOVALINGAM, STYLUS PRINTERS, INDIA

Job: Hand Printer

How long have you been working for Stylus Printers?

10 years

Why do you work for a Fair Trade organisation?

My wages are paid above the minimum and I also am paid double the wages for overtime work and receive a bonus every year. I am also sent for a vocational training every year along with all the other workers. I am able to educate my children and live a decent lifestyle.

Poov

MS. VIMALA J., MANDALA, INDIA

Job: Tailor

How long have you worked at Mandala?

5 years

Why do you work for a Fair Trade organisation?

My father passed away when I was young, so unfortunately I had to drop out of school at the early age of 12 to look after the cattle on the family farm. Through my work my children, age 17 and 9 are in school and will hopefully go on to attend university.

Val 2

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