Mumbai 10 September 2016
Letter from the Chairman
It gives me great pleasure to present my first report to you after taking over as Chairman of Asha Handicrafts Association in August 2015. We have had our share of challenges, trials, tribulations and operational issues, but through it all God’s hand of guidance and His love has carried us throughout the past year.
Asha Handicrafts Association is a unique vehicle functioning specially for the uplift of the Artisans of India. The organisation’s efforts to fulfil this role has been dedicated and compassionate. Being a part of the Globally established Fair Trade organization, we are one of the very few organisations that gives the Artisans of India fair returns for their artistic efforts.
I am privileged and blessed to be the voice of the Asha team that has worked tirelessly to meet the objectives of this organization. On behalf of the Members of the Board, I take this opportunity to appreciate and thank all our Vendors in India, our Buyers globally, our staff in Mumbai and different parts of India and members of Asha’s General Body for the continued support.
Above all, I thank God for guiding us all in our thoughts, prayers and efforts to carry this organization throughout the past year and set us up to face and overcome the challenges of the business in the years to come.
Privileged to serve
Chairman of the Board
Letter from the CEO
“TEN THOUSAND REASONS FOR MY HEART TO FIND…”
A single action is worth a thousand intentions;
The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step
That was the intention of the late Founder Mrs. Iscah Andrews in 1975 when her single action to eradicate poverty to a single handicraft artisan has translated into impacting thousands of artisans creating heartwarming stories across India.
Asha in these 40 years has wrestled with building capacity, empowering women, growing the market, providing stable income, enhancing working conditions and creating lasting results for artisan communities in major states of India.
Have we reached our goal? Hardly yet, I would reiterate with a long way to go in alleviating poverty and building even more fair trade credible groups.
So let me present you this year’s annual review with a big ‘thank you’ for your interest and support, and a challenge to each of us, especially the staff of Asha. Set out each day with a ‘single action’ to build lasting communities that we pray will go a thousand miles!
Chief Executive Officer