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Craft Fair Schedule 2016

Wednesday, October 5
Bentley Fair Trade Fair
Bentley University, "La Cava Tent"
175 Forest Street, Waltham, MA
12pm - 4pm
Saturday, November 5
Holiday Artisans Fair
First Parish in Concord
20 Lexington Road, Concord, MA
9am - 3:30pm
Saturday, October 29
Needham High School Craft Fair
Needham High School
609 Webster Street, Needham, MA
9:30am - 4pm
Friday, Saturday, December 2 - 3
Church of the Redeemer Christmas Market
Church of the Redeemer
379 Hammond Street, Chestnut Hill, MA
Friday: 10am - 5pm and 6pm - 7pm
Saturday: 10am - 4pm
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, November 3-5
Christmas Market with a Difference
Christ Church Dartmouth
Dartmouth College Campus, 40 College Street, Hanover, NH
Thursday: 10am - 6pm
Friday: 10am - 6pm
Saturday: 10am - 1pm

Please note: Many fairs have a small admission fee to help fund the good works of the sponsoring org.

About this program

Over 20 years ago, we initiated the Handcraft Project in support of an Indian development program that offered job training in traditional handcrafts to women at risk.

Although we began as a service project, our goal was always "help for self-help". It was a joy when the women registered their craft societies with the Indian government in 2001, forming an independent non-profit organization of their own.

Today Aruna Designs, our handcraft project, is proud to partner with the Shanthimalai Handicrafts Development Society, a resilient Indian Fair Trade business that provides ongoing training to artisans. SHDS also engages in a number of local charitable activities, including a program to help poor widows - women who otherwise are left penniless, uncared for and unwanted.

Aruna Designs has a two-fold purpose

  • Our first purpose is to import and market handcrafts from women’s Fair Trade cooperatives in India.
    As an importer we pay higher than market prices to our sources in India so that the artisans can make a living wage and have good, flexible working conditions compatible with caring for their families. Since many of the women are poor and of low cast, this work is truly a lifeline.

  • The second part of our mission is to raise funds for a school sponsorship program for poor rural children in South India.
    Aruna Designs has become a steady income producer for Aruna Partnership, making it possible to give further support to the projects we believe in. Because education is key to raising the standard of living, we give a large percentage of our profits, often more than 50%, to Aruna Partnership's School Sponsorship Program.

Each year profits from our handcraft sales help cover overhead expenses for Aruna Partnership, ensuring that every dollar you donate goes directly to the programs of your choice. Donate Now

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