Curtesy : IDT
The handicrafts made by over 220 women are locally sold and exported to Europe
Integrated Development Trust (IDT) is a fair trade manufacturer of ethnic handicrafts. Our products are carefully handmade by women in our workshops, located in Andhra Pradesh. This is where the adventure started 15 years ago. Since 2001 our project has flourished, currently employing 225 women in our six workshops.
These women make a wide range of beautiful fair trade products such as handbags, purses, clothes, scarves, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, stationery, toys, home decoration and much more. Even thought the products are available for sale in our shop in Anantapur, most of our production is exported to Europe.
Over time, IDT has grown in numbers however the spirit of the project remains the same: fighting against discrimination. IDT empowers local women with physical or learning disabilities, offering them basic education, training and accommodation in some cases. With their persistence, they successfully overcome their old insecurities and become full-time employees of our workshops. If before they were ignored by their own families, now these women become respected and admired. The positive outcome of the project gives us even more determination to keep transforming women’s lives in rural India.
Training for integration
IDT is at the present training 120 new women that will join the organisation as full-time employees by the end of the educational programme. The current edition of the programme will last one year and will be completed by the end of March 2017. These women, together with the 225 who are already employed, also get upgrading skills in the following fields: communication, IT, marketing and storage management.
We believe in the full and effective participation and inclusion of women with disabilities in all facets of life. In order to make it possible we promote equal opportunities and accessibility to our education, skills and income generation programs. By doing this we ensure the sustainable livelihoods of women with disabilities and help them to improve their socio-economic status. What is more, we prove that these women are useful people who actively contribute to the development of their families and society.