Since its establishment in 1975, Asha Handicrafts Association has given marketing support to various groups of small producers and craftsmen co-operatives. Asha fosters Fair Trade practices to aid marginalized and small scale handicraft producers. It is a single organization having two distinct divisions: one is engaged in Trading and other is our Resource Center that oversees welfare programs, training activities as well as crafts promotion and producer development. By purchasing directly from the artisan groups and offering advance payments on orders, Asha increases the income levels of producer groups and prevents the accumulation of long-term debts.
Asha gives the artisans an opportunity to improve their living standards and continue with their livelihoods - the tradition of Indian Crafts. Asha also provides training and teaching facilities, establishing new local groups of craftsmen. Furthermore through our trained welfare professionals, Asha supports the community.