We are incredibly excited to announce that Secret Projects has received the green light to become a provisional member of The World Fair Trade Organistion (WFTO). We have always stood for fairness, ensuring that our Maker Groups are paid a decent price per piece, helping to empower women in India to have worthwhile, fulfilling, secure livelihoods and working with WFTO has long been one of our dreams.
The journey to becoming a Verified Fair Trade Producer is comprehensive and thorough, involving a full audit of our Maker Groups in the 5 Indian states where we work. We are honoured to have been given this opportunity to become part of such a highly respected organisation. We will be posting regular updates as we go through the process and look forward to being able to proudly display the WFTO logo on our merchandise in the future.
Since our first crowdfunding campaign in 2013 where we secured an order for 500 Secret Pillows, we have gone onto fulfill a further 9 successful Crowdfunding campaigns, which has given us the ability to expand on our product range and we now have over 10 different products available to buy on our website https://www.secretprojects.org/. The original Secret Pillow is now available in over 50 fabric designs and has been sold in 15 countries around the world.
Picture: Shylaja is a Secret Leader of one of our Maker Groups. Shylaja used the money earned from making Secret Pillows to place a deposit down for a unit on the main road next to her community in Bengaluru.
Picture: One of our Secret Sari dresses. A beautifully unique and adaptable dress that can take you from the beach to a restaurant.
Secret Projects does not walk alone on our journey, every single person that places an order joins us in our mission to empower women in India to have a sustainable future. The more people we can encourage to buy Fair Trade products the better it is for our environment, securing a healthier future for us and our children.
Working with The World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) to deliver their eBay for Change store
Our Head of Sales, Fritha Vincent Mason is constantly . . . looking for 'new business' for Secret Projects. By doing this and grasping new opportunities that come our way, our vision of a world where all women have the confidence and resources to make choices, thrive and contribute to the strengthening of their communities comes ever closer.
In the past few months, Fritha has been networking with Social Enterprise UK, Ebay for Change, and WFTO and the result is that Secret Projects will now deliver WFTO's eBay for Change store. The store sells beautiful fair trade products from around the globe and supports the most wonderful small businesses and artisans to receive what is fair for their products and labour. The store is now live!
This is a wonderful step for Secret Projects, as we diversify and seize this new venture with both hands, using our skills to strengthen the business for both Secret Projects in the UK and in India.
How will it work?
We will house the stock for all the small businesses selling on WFTO eBay for Change store and one of the team will fulfill each order (that basically means parcel up the order and arrange delivery with a courier)and send them lovingly on their way to customers around the world.
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We look forward to working with WFTO and helping to make a massive success of their new eBay for Change store.
Secret products (the collective name we give to our ranges of clothing and homeware) are now available for wholesale purchase on Faire.
What is . . . Faire?
Faire is a global wholesale market-place that provides an excellent platform for small, independent retailers to sell their stock to small wholesale suppliers.
What are we selling on Faire?
Secret Projects is selling beautiful counter boxes with foldable shopping bags and scrunchies and the Secret Pillow as a totally new look!
How can you help?
Do you know of anyone who runs a shop, or a brick-and-mortar establishment? If so, please give them a shout
Secret Projects is proud to have launched on this popular platform with a brand-new merchandising look. If you know anyone who runs a shop, or brick-and-mortar establishment, please do let them know that Secret Projects is selling on Faire.
During the dark days of the pandemic and the ensuing lockdowns globally, our team in India desperately wanted to do something to help our Makers and . . . their community.
The effects of the pandemic on our Maker community
We knew that we were facing tough times and wanted to support our Makers (the collective name we give to the women who so lovingly stitch our ranges of clothing and homeware) as much as we could. We did inevitably lose touch with a number of our Makers sadly but we were able to keep in contact with a several women in Bengaluru, where our unit is located, as well as our Maker group in the Sundarbans, in eastern India.
We wanted to be able to give stitching work to the women to provide them with much needed income but the team in India also wanted to do something for their community. They came up with a plan to run a campaign, asking people to make a contribution towards the stitching of face masks that the Makers would undertake and receive an income with the finished masks being distributed free of charge to those most in need.
How this worked
We went out to our customers, telling them about our plans, and asked them to purchase a pack of face masks for themselves and add another pack to their order which would be distributed to the communities. We couldn't have been more thrilled with the response and we managed to be able to distribute well over 2000 masks in both southern and eastern India.
The time has come to close the campaign
We have kept the campaign running up until now as the world has experienced new variants of the Covid-19 virus and many people were still wearing face masks. We have now decided that the time is right for us to close the campaign and say a huge and heartfelt thank you to every person who has contributed to this important appeal.
This is the first time that we have run such a campaign and have learned so much from running it and more than anything, we have been bowled over by the generosity shown.
Once again, thank you to everyone who helped to make the campaign so successful.