Operation Equip India

Operation Equip India (OEI) is an organisation dedicated to equipping India's persons with disability with the physical, educational and socio-economic tools necessary for a life of independence and advancement.

OEI views handicraft production as an ideal means to help persons with disabilities supplement their incomes and provide for themselves. Once the skill is learned, the handicrafts can be made at home. The various stitches and designs are appealing to customers, both locally and abroad.

MESH has not started stocking their products but we have begun to share Fair Trade facts with them and they were represented at MESH's Annual Network Meeting.

ABOUT EQUIP INDIA - October 2016
NameEquip India
Location in IndiaHubli, Karnataka
Type of GroupRehabilitation and Training Unit
Type of CraftSewing
ProductsBags, cushion covers, table runners, divan sets, table and chair covers
No. of women50
No. of men2
Leprosy affected0
Family member of people affected by leprosy0
Other disabilities52
No. of artisans with no disabilities0
Sales to MESH in 2014-15Rs. 0
Total Sales in the year 2014-15Rs. 472,826
Sales to MESH 2015-16Rs. 0
Total sales in the year 2015-16Rs. 360,319
Sales target to MESH in 2016-17Rs. 0
Total sales target in 2016-17Rs. 800,000
1. Capacity building programmes organised by the group in 2015-16Yes
2. Group 's participation in capacity building programmesYes, constant skill training activities
3. New products introduced in the yearSleeves for laptops, coin purse circle, pouches for tabs, artificial flowers
4. Achievements/changes in the group in the yearNil
5. New activities actions in the yearIncrease in labour rates
6. Major learnings in the last yearNil
Fair Trade affiliationsNo