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Empowering Artisans, Young Girls and Individual Customers
The Artisans are the backbone of our company.We work with artisan communities to help create a true sustainable economic model while encouraging and preserving their traditional heritage techniques alongside modern capabilities. Many of the handmade techniques have been passed down from generation to generation resulting in handcrafted items with a story and a soul behind them.
To help accomplish this, we are proud to work with the non-profit organization Nest. They empower artisans by helping them break free from the confines of poverty to ensure their businesses become truly viable. Nest also helps empower women artisans by making them aware of their rights and helping them develop personally and professionally.
Another important aspect is cultural preservation. Mechanized mass production is one of the biggest threats to artisan craft groups. To help keep these cultural traditions and techniques alive, we must integrate modern innovation and training with heritage techniques thereby preserving cultural identity.
Unlike most organizations in the sector that act as markets for artisan-made products or serve as middlemen who broker relationships between artisans and retail brands, Nest goes deeper than market access to ensure artisan self-sufficiency.
By strengthening the artisan and homeworker supply chains at multiple points including design, production, and business management phases, Nest fosters long-term artisan independence and sustainability.
We believe true beauty uplifts and empowers.When the Co-Founder of Sumana was growing up in South India she witnessed firsthand the poverty in rural India. Many children in these areas are subjected to the unfair world of child labor.
Generation after generation, these children spend their precious time and energy as laborers and are often seen working in factories, construction sites, as tea vendors, in hotels as cleaners, carpet weavers, firecracker units and the list just goes on . Some children are forced to work up to 18 hours a day, often never leaving the confines of the factory or loom sheds for just a mere few hundred rupees. Some children even work as much as 7 days a week. These children (aged 5-17) are forced to support their families instead of attending school, furthering their education, learning skills for their future, and also playing and having fun.
Education has the Power to Permanently Breakdown the Barriers of Poverty.
We are proud to support the work of SMVA TRUST, a non-profit, 501(c)(3), that is creating a better world through programs that reduce poverty, provide food, housing, clothing, medical treatment, education, humanitarian assistance, clean water and environmental stewardship.
Specifically, we donate 15% of all profits to provide Free Education to young girls living in rural areas who have previously been subjected to child labor. The trust pays for their entire school including supplies, books and uniforms from youth all the way through college!
"When Women Thrive, All of Society Benefits"- Kofi Annan
Sustainability is one of our core values.
It's a sad fact that the fashion industry is cited as the second largest cause of pollution worldwide.* We are committed to ensuring that all of our actions are dedicated to being part of a solution that is helping drive change within the industry. For jewelry, this includes supporting and buying from organizations that are working to improve mining practices and regulations in addition to buying/using recycled metals as much as possible.
We are also dedicated to pursuing manufacturing processes that are environmentally proactive. Much of this can be achieved by using artisanal methods that are non-toxic and have low-energy requirements.
We also use only recycled and/or recyclable packaging for all of our products. To help guide us on matters of sustainability, we have initiated guidance by the Sustainability Council of Positive Luxury to ensure we are doing everything possible to fulfill our sustainable vision.