Golden Celebration Lantern
Create a gorgeous and ethical holiday centerpiece this holiday! Light glows warmly through the intricate patterns of this handmade lantern, creating a festive and beautiful atmosphere. Good for people in the form of living wage employment and good for the planet as each one is created from partially recycled iron. Pair with a votive candle or LED tea light (not included).
Large: 10"h x 5" diameter
Medium: 7"h x 4" diameter
Small: 5"h x 4" diameter
Your purchase provides fair trade employment to hundreds of artisans in and around Delhi, with the goal of fighting exploitation, poverty, and social injustice. You create employment for disadvantaged artisans, advocate for literacy, fair wages, and protection of children with each purchase!
In the late 1960s, Professor Shyam Sharma founded TARA Projects as a commitment to Trade Alternative Reform Action. Sharma traveled from village to village near Delhi, providing loan funds and skills training to a few small marginalized communities. One of the first organizations in India to pursue fair trade practices, Tara supports production of artisan handcrafts and marketing to a global audience. Benefits to artisans include shared profits, fair wages, savings plans, interest-free loans, health programs, technical courses for women to upgrade their skills, and adult literacy programs. This activist organization has become a leading voice in unfair trade practices and the movement opposing child labor in India, and offers scholarships and opportunities to help children stay in school. Over the years, Tara has extended their services to reach over 500 artisans in several states in India.