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KASU EMPORIUM brings together a carefully selected collection of handmade, one-off objects found on travels and by local artists and makers. Each object holds its own story.

Many of the products we stock come from ethical and fair trade sources: self-help cooperatives, women's groups and charitable organisations dedicated to livelihood development for those living in poverty.

A minimum of 10% of all sales from KASU EMPORIUM goes to help charitable works in organisations that we know are doing a great job to alleviate poverty, improve education and health, free children from child labour and improve livelihoods in some of the poorest areas in the world. Read more about the organisations Kasu is connected with here.

So, go on, indulge yourself or buy a great gift for someone, knowing that you are contributing to improved living conditions for people living in dire circumstances.

My name is Beverley Bloxham and I currently live in regional Victoria, Australia. I first visited India in 2008 and instantly fell in love with the place and her people. Since then, I have been back four times, staying for six months on the last visit in 2012/2013.

One cannot get involved in a love affair with a country without becoming somewhat of a social activist: some things cannot go without comment, further investigation and perhaps further action. Kasu Emporium is a 'further action'. To read about more of my 'further actions', travel stories and a behind the scenes look at the makers featured at KASU EMPORIUM, see Missives from the Subcontinent.

Curious about the name KASU? It is a sanskrit word meaning 'light' or 'lustre' and is often used as a girl's name in India.