Testimonio / Johny Josef

Forty people work for the organization Creative Handicrafts, including administration, the team of teachers of daycares and study centers, those responsible for cutting and tailoring, designers, etc. Furthermore there are 240 full time workers and 600 more are freelance workers who work from home when Creative Handicrafts has huge orders and extra work, in particular from December to April.
“For me, fair trade offers a means of living for women, who otherwise would be in a desperate situation. It provides dignity to women. They receive a sustainable salary, live better and with dignity, even though I emphasize that they should live even better than what we can offer them. Their salary continues to be small, continues to be one of subsistence. It improves their lives, they get advantages for their children, their own training, but we should be able to do even more. I don’t consider it enough that they are living well enough,” Johnny explains to us.

In fact Fair Trade is offering opportunities to people who would otherwise be left outside of the economic market of today.

From the perspective of Creative Handicrafts, the main challenge is to achieve a higher level of awareness, as much in the West as in India. The absences of child labor should be the norm.

“Another important challenge,” adds Johnny, “is that people need work and the market is getting more and more competitive. In the West, especially, people want Fair Trade but they also want to buy cheap products. They’re not compatible, you can’t have both things. We all want bargains but people should be ready to pay more. It’s the only way.”

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