Noah's Ark is a fantastic Fair Trade organisation who creates a large portion of our metal homeware based in Moradabad, India.
Moradabad is a city with a population of 700,000 people. More than half the population are involved in metal handicrafts trade but have long been exploited receiving low pay and having to pay commission to the exporters as well as self-financing all raw materials to create the work. This has led to many artisans getting jobs outside of their trade due to many falling victims to bad debt or shop closure.
Trades passing down through generations is a very integral part of Indian culture. However, their heritage and culture are being threatened by the increasing amount of people who must seek other professions to be able to provide for their families.
Noah's Ark International Exports was established in 1986 by Samuel Masih on the basis of wanting to help eradicate poverty for artisans and create better relationships between exporters and artisans.
Noah's Ark is the first certified Fair Trade company (a member of WFTO & FTF India) in Moradabad. They are so committed to helping others that they started their own non-profit on 2000 Noah’s Ark Handicrafts & Artisan Welfare Society where they have provided dust extractors in their workshops and filtered water tanks in the homes of the artisans so they have a constant clean water supply.
Noah's Ark runs multiple projects such as Project Ashakiran where they have established and run three different schools which are free to all parents. They host several free health days a year providing dental, medical and eye screenings to factory workers, artisans and the students attending the schools run by our Project Ashakiran.
They work with around 49 different artisan groups, involving approximately 500 artisans (30% of whom are women). The artisans hand-make intricate and beautiful products and we are delighted to be working with such a fantastic producer.