At least 10% of every sale on KASU EMPORIUM goes to help people living in poverty. Here are some of the projects we support.
November 2012: OUR FIRST DONATION DELIVERED:
After After trading for several months now, we have delivered our first donation to The Centre for Culture and Development (CCD) in Tamil Nadu, India. I delivered the donation personally to the Director of CCD, Mr Samy Arul, who went out immediately to buy a Merritt sewing machine, made by Singer. The machine is a sturdy treadle style as there is no electricity in the village. We drove to the village of Perumbedu, near the east coast of Tamil Nadu, later in the day to deliver the gift. It was a rather perilous journey over rough village roads but we arrived safely. The ladies were very excited to get a new sewing machine which will enable them to learn sewing skills so that they can earn a living. It was wonderful to be there to deliver our first donation on behalf of all our KASU customers. To all customers of KASU EMPORIUM, a big THANK YOU! You are making a difference to people's lives!
A note from Mr S.A.Samy, Director of CCD:
Dear Customers of KASU EMPORIUM, we are happy and grateful for your kind support through Madam Beverley from Australia who visited our rural project in south India and handed over a sewing machine to the poor ladies. This machine is a big gift for them to learn the skill of sewing and gives them an opportunity to make a livelihood by getting employed in nearby garment factories. We thank you all on behalf our beneficiaries and hope to continue our relationship with you all through the social cause of KASU EMPORIUM.
Sincerely yours, S.A.Samy, Director - Projects, Centre for Culture and Development (CCD), India
Lok Samiti at Mehndiganj village near Varanasi in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
These kids go to school at night in Mehndiganj. They go to school at night because they work all day – 8 hour shifts, sometimes without breaks. They are aged from 6 to 15 years old. All too commonly, these kids are paying off their father’s debt to a money lender with their labour.
They love going to school and love learning. The classroom has a volunteer teacher and is a loaned space on an open veranda with animal fodder stored at the back and is lit with one small small fluorescent light. Two of the 15 year old boys are married, even though child marriage is outlawed – yet another by-product of poverty.
Donations from the sale of our products will help to get kids like these out of indentured labour and enable them to have a normal childhood.
We also contribute to other livelihood projects for village girls and women and dowry-free group weddings which means that couples can start their married life debt free. All these projects are organised by Lok Samiti, an organisation which takes inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi and other great Indian thinkers and activists.
Group wedding at Mehndiganj
Excerpt from report on 2012 group wedding:
"Lok Samiti again organized a dowry-free group wedding of 30 couples this year on the 10th of May at the Hanuman temple in Birbhanpur, Varanasi.
Thousands of people attended the event and blessed the couples. The atmosphere was amazing. People danced, enjoyed each other’s company, and were so happy.
The satisfaction of having daughters married in a dowry free setting was plainly visible on the parents’ faces.
Popular Bhojpuri singer Anita Raj Ji entertained people by her singing and motivated them to raise their voice against the system of dowry and female feticide.
The couples made a commitment to live with each other for an endless period and started their newly joint lives with simplicity and gentleness without excesses of modern weddings. After watching this noble event, a lot of participants decided to get their children married without dowry in future."
Click here for more information about Lok Samiti
Do you like to drink CocaCola? You might lose interest in it after you read how they perform in India. Click here to read what is happening to the village of Mehndiganj.
KASU EMPORIUM is also closely involved with a rural livelihoods project in the village of Bayaspur, near Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh with with Will Our World , in cooperation with a local partner, D-Foundation. This is a community living in extremely difficult circumstances, stuck below the poverty line. Many villagers live in tent-like dwellings constructed from sticks and plastic sheets; most are either unemployed or are day labourers on the land or some other general labouring activities. Will Our World started a demonstration farm in order to help the villagers to develop knowledge and capabilities about the business of farming, using organic farming principles in order to break the dependency many Indian farms have with fertilizer companies.
Bayaspur village. Village women working on the farm.
The organic farm initiative has the additional benefit of providing paid
employment to villagers who work on the farm while they are learning
about organic farming. Both male and female villagers are employed with a
policy of equal pay for equal work, meaning that women will receive an
equal wage to men. The villagers receive coaching and on-the-job
training from local organic farming experts on vermiculture development,
crop varieties, farm management and market outlets. Villagers are
encouraged to develop their own worm farms for supply and sale to the
demonstration farm and for their own use.
Click here for more information about WillOurWorld and its projects.
Centre for Culture and Development (CCD)
CCD project near Chennai
The Centre for Culture and Development is a participatory institution building poverty-free, gender-balanced, equitable, ecologically-sensitive, democratic, just and value-based inclusive society. It involves the communities directly with freedom of expression and choices in order to determine their development and validation, and in personal fulfillment.
Click here for more information about CCD and its projects.
Every purchase from Kasu Emporium contributes funds to assist the good work of these organisations, working in India for a poverty free world.