Fair Trade Organisation – Noah’s Ark
Samuel Masih established Noah’s Ark International Exports in 1986 to empower low income artisans to break the cycle of poverty and to preserve the cultural traditions of their crafts. Noah’s Ark is the first and only Fair Trade certified exporter (member of WFTO and FTF India) in Moradabad. The company has supported artisans and their families for over 25 years.
Most of the artisans are women, who benefit from the fact that they can work from home and maintain their responsibilities for children and the home. Noah’s Ark provides benefits such as education and medical treatment for artisans and their families.
An Indian school that Noah’s Ark support, performing on stage
Noah’s Ark was founded before the concept of Fair Trade existed in Moradabad and their objective was to eliminate exporters taking advantage of artisans and their crafts. They provide regular employment to 300 people, run evening schools for children in remote villages and help artisans to build and establish their own workshops.