Find out more about the producer groups that MESH works with and buys from. Click on the sub menu to find out more about each group. This is not exhaustive, we shall be adding to it.
In 2020/21 MESH bought products from 24 producer groups across 13 Indian states. Each producer group works especially for people affected by leprosy or people with disabilities. Some are integrated groups of marginalized men and women who work alongside people with disabilities; others are employing only people affected by leprosy and their family members.
Some groups are large and run with strong management and high levels of organisation, others are tiny, self-run, self-help groups who need much more hand holding. All of the producer groups are autonomous and work independently of MESH. We help them with marketing, design and capacity building as necessary.
We are delighted to work with them and proud of them all.
A Glance at MESH’s Top Ten Suppliers
1.Aharam is a weaving group. The management provides work throughout the year. MESH has contributed considerably towards their efforts as a result of large orders for organic cotton hand woven towels for a German Fair Trade Wholesale Company.
2.KUKA is a leprosy colony that has a weaving unit; their tea towels have attracted orders across the globe for many years. They buy organic and non-organic yarn, dye it in-house and weave the fabric.Apart fromtea towels they make bathmats,tablecloths, and napkins. The profit from the weaving work is sharedin the whole community so even those who cannot work have some income from the sales.
3.Hubli Rehab and Training Unit Closed down half way through 2021 after more than forty years of practcing screen printing, block printing, sewing, hand painting, toy making etc with people with disabilities and ensuring they had work throughout the year. In 2022/23 we will be selling off any stock of theirs we might have available. Some of their skills and product types have been passed to Kiran in Varanasi.
4. Care Kashmir is a small disability organization that specializes in papier-mâché art; MESH sells a lot of their Christmas decorations especially across the world.
5. Beyond The Life is a self-run youth society in a leprosy colony that has ten active tailors making bags and converting KUKA’s fabric into kitchen linen especially.
6.Little Flower Leprosy Rehabilitation Centre, is another leprosy community of weavers, their specialty is eri silk spinning and weaving, and the processing, from receiving the silk cocoons through spinning and dying the yarn to weaving and calendaring is all done in-house. Their most sold product is handspun eri silk scarves which sell well in Japan especially.
7.Bethany Leprosy Colony employs weavers on small looms making heavy duty cotton strips which they sew into purses and bags. They also work with canvas using their cotton weaving as a feature. MESH has worked with Bethany for more than thirty years selling their bags across the world, including, USA and Japan.
8.Blue Mango Trust in rural Tamil Nadu, employs only women, including those with disabilities. They make wonderful personal accessories and soft toys from traditional block printed fabrics. Their doorstops and cosmetic bags are newly featured ranges in 2023.
9. Society for Child Development started as a school for children with disabilities and now provides employment to many people with disabilities, doing weaving and sewing, their specialty is upcycling and recycling waste of all kinds. In 2021 they have also been weaving fabrics to take overflow orders from KUKA including floor cloths and tea towels for export in Europe and USA.
10. Father Muller Charitable Trust is a huge organization that includes a small rehab unit for people with disabilities and effected by leprosy. They sew, make cards and block print fabrics. Their handmade elephant cards have been favourites with TLM Trading UK for many years.
This video below is a delightful collection of producers who have made things for MESH over the years.