Handmade in India
This cooperative's name means “a seedling of art.” The center provides self-employment to destitute women who are victims of exploitation, by helping them produce and sell tailored articles, batik handicrafts and food products. Basic education like reading, writing and simple accounting as well as values education, spiritual input and business skills are taught, so that after training the women can successfully run their own small-scale businesses. Ankur Kala also makes the women aware of the social problems women face, in the form of a theater where the women perform, and in discussions. It is founder Annie Joseph's dream that each of the women will live the values of Ankur Kala and sow fresh seeds of hope, integrity and inspiration among others. Ten Thousand Villages has purchased products from Ankur Kala since 1990.