Mira Fair Trade
Mira Fair Trade was founded in 2008 by Meera Viswanathan. After working as a CPA for over 8 years, Meera was seeking a change. She decided to visit the rural parts of India with her family on one of their annual trips. During that visit, she met many talented artisans.
Growing up in India, Meera always enjoyed shopping at places where she could buy directly from the producer artisans, a personal interaction that she missed in the big shopping malls of the United States. The artisans shared stories of their lives and their skills fascinated her. Unfortunately, without the education or resources to help them, the artisans had no control over their products or wages and were often paid only $1 a day for their work. Meera quickly realized that her purchasing power made a big difference in the artisans’ lives.
It was an easy decision for Meera to help the artisans earn fair wages by bringing these beautiful products to mainstream customers throughout the US. Meera also became involved with groups that work on community projects, such as building schools, digging wells, and working on irrigation and water projects. Thanks to these efforts, some dying arts and crafts were preserved.
As the famous quotation goes, “If you educate a woman, you educate the entire family.”
Mira Fair Trade hopes to empower women artisans by helping them attain long-term sustainability and economic independence through the Fair Trade model, rather than via traditional charitable donations.
Their Judaica products include a Star of David chime, Shalom Bowl, and a wire apple bowl.
Mira Fair Trade is a member of the Fair Trade Federation.
Mira Fair Trade wholesales their products and provides on-line purchasing,