Tuesday, October 7, 2014


I recently learned about a wonderful organization that helps low-income women in India learn how to run a business.

MarketPlace: Handwork of India is an innovative fair trade, not-for-profit organization which combines the experience of running a business with a variety of support programs designed to effect real, meaningful, and lasting change in the lives of low-income women in India.

The organization works with 480 artisans who are organized into 14 independent co-operatives which produce high-quality women's apparel and home decor. As they learn to be in charge of their own businesses, the women learn valuable skills and are able to earn a living and support their families. In addition, programs offer educational and enrichment opportunities designed to help the artisans overcome personal, cultural and financial obstacles.

In MarketPlace's comprehensive and creative organization, economic development is only the first step for these brave and resourceful women.

This beautiful jacket is from their current collection. You can see the whole catalog by clicking here.

This short video shows how the lightweight jacket looks from every angle.

Thank you for joining Mr. Mickey and me on this journey through midlife and beyond. 
The second fifty years are truly the best!

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Unknown said...

What is name of US organization to help low-income women run a small business???

Susan said...

I don't know Sharon. Do you? I participate in the Women's Fund and we help low-income women and girls with programs to help them turn their lives around and get on the right track.

Susan said...

There is one that comes to mind... Goodwill’s 165 agencies in the United States and Canada offer career services that help local community members find a job. Their career coaches and job specialists can help people learn skills.

Susan B said...

Beautiful jacket!