My Indian Travels: The Day of the Fair Trade Experience
My first business meeting with a fair trade organisation: Aspiration International based in Delhi! It was more than fair, they kindly picked us up from our hotel and took us to their headquarters. Wow, they were so accommodating, always offering us char (Indian tea) and drinks of water – really needed it due to the heat! They had brought several artisans from all over northern India to meet up with Voyage Fair trade! One guy had traveled 11 hours just to show us his unique bags, it shows you people’s commitment to be be successful and to avoid exploitation!
A man who had traveled for 11 hours, sorry for the blurred photo, it much have been to do with the jet leg I was still struggling with!
It was amazing the number of products they sold! What they kept saying to me was they could change the dimensions, material and/or design of anything. They had thousands of goods, some were too antique-looking and ornate for Voyage’s range, but some designs were trendy and contemporary. They said they could put my logo on any of the products.
After talking with the artisans and staff and taking photos, we were introduced to the founder of Aspiration International, Padam, aged 84. Padam then invited us to his home for dinner. We had a fantastic meal with him and his family. Everyone was so nice and friendly. In spite of still feeling pretty jet-lagged, me and my Dad enjoyed it all very much.
The owner and family members of the family run Indian fair trade organisation called Aspiration