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Hamabai (Born 1962) Cotton Grower India

Hamabai has 2 daughters, 3 sons  and 1 grand daughter, and has been part of the Organic growers initiative since 2005. The same year that Fairtrade certification was added to these longer standing Global Organic standards. When we met Hamabai, we were greeted by a very strong and spirited women who enjoys being productive, and wishes to keep working for as long as she can stay healthy. She lost a kidney some years back, with Fairtrade premiums helping with some of the costs for her operation. Before Cotton farming , Hamabai use to grow vegetables only on her 6.5 acres. Yet yields were poor and conditions overall very hard. Since becoming part of the Small Farmers Organic & Fairtrade initiative in her region, her health has improved through no longer using toxic pesticides, and she can also afford to have access to better health services. And with better yields and crop quality, she is now paid a better price for her produce at market. The Fairtrade premiums have also helped her with the purchase of her organic fertilizers. And with newly aquired methods of crop rotation, learn't through the added educative benefits of the program, she now grows a mixture of cotton, cluster beans and other vegetables. A better variety of produce that is sold at her local markets, and provides additional income for herself and her family outside of cotton. Hamabai has also bought a new tractor fully from her personal savings. In her own words, a purchase seen as impossible before she became part of the Fairtrade program .

* Hamabai is part of the Rapar & Dhrangadhra Farmers Producer Company based in Gujarat in India who oversee the first stages of our supply chain which includes the raw organic cotton growing, lint cotton on bales and ginning processes. The cotton spinning is performed by Omax Cotspin who are based in Gujarat in India, with all other processes from dying through to printing and CMT, undertaken by Fusion Clothing who are based in Tirupur, Tamil Nadu, India. RREPP's full supply chain is FLO (Fairtrade) & GOT's (Organic) certified. Omax Cotspin is also aligned to the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) and Fusion Clothing indirectly with the Fair Wear Foundation. All are Socially & Environmentally focussed third party auditing bodies.
Nasir Mehmood Rana (Born 1982) Sports Ball Stitcher Pakistan
Meet Nasir Mehmood Rana. He is one of many Sports Ball Stitchers that work for our Fairtrade certified manufacturer in Pakistan. He has been working here for over 7 years and has immense gratitude for what Fairtrade has been able to provide for himself and his family. His two children, Zain Ali (boy) and Arooj Nasir (girl) have been advantaged by the Education Assistance Program which is a focus of the Fairtrade Premium Committee (Joint Body), where workers children are provided with school bags, notebooks, pencils, and other educational items every year. Other benefits include free transport to and from work, excellent stitching rates, safe and clean working conditions, subsidised meals, and discounted grocery shopping through an inhouse mini mart. Nasir is also privileged to have been selected as an important member of the Fairtrade Premium Committee which meets at least once per month to decide on how to use the Fairtrade premiums that come from businesses such as RREPP. Other initiatives include free eye check ups for workers, free diabetic diagnostic testing, & fresh water cooler donations to local schools just to name a few. RREPP is proud to be a part of the Fairtrade premium process where for all our Sports Ball purchases, we contribute 10% back to this joint body for future project funding, plus an additional 5% to assist our Producer with the costs associated to their own Fairtrade certification, which like RREPP, is third party audited. So the Fairtrade system is not only fair, it is also highly accountable. It's an absolute privilege for RREPP to be working with supply chains which also have social justice at the core of their own mission, especially in industries such as sports ball manufacturing where worker exploitation and child labour continues to be a hidden issue.
Kanji (Born 1963) Cotton Grower India

We took this photo of Kanji and his daughter Asha as it truly represented the human benefits coming from Organic & Fairtrade Cotton growing. Not the least of which being happiness and a healthy lifestyle. Kanji and his wife Rudaban have 5 daughters and 1 son, and he has been farming cotton since he was 20 years old. And has been part of the Organic program since its inception in 1998, and Fairtrade since its introduction in 2005. The training and education provided in organic cotton farming proved to be a critical measure that broke the poverty cycle for Kanji and his family. He could not stress enough the importance of learning new methods for sustaining soil fertility and understanding the negative health and environmental impacts of using chemicals. Before being part of this initiative, life was an immense struggle for this large family. Kanji was only able to afford a certain level of education for his children, yet through better income and conditions, they are now able to continue their schooling through to higher levels. Most cotton grown world wide is chemically produced, and is regarded as one of the ‘dirtiest’ and unhealthiest crops to grow on the planet. So Kanji’s family have become healthier through chemicals now not leaching into drinking water, on skin, inhaled, or being absorbed by livestock and land. And the overall environment in this area of India has also become one of the cleanest in the country. Chemicals are also expensive and farmers in the past have often needed to take out loans to afford them. With just one failed crop creating financial devastation. So harvests and yields have improved dramatically, and with this has come a better quality of life. And with better income, Kanji has also been able to purchase a new tractor to increase his farming efficiencies further, and has recently built a new home for his family. There is just no denying the positives that organic and fairtrade farming have bought to this area of India. Women including Kanji’s wife Rudaban have also been provided opportunities to be involved in Fairtrade Premium ‘contributor funding initiatives’ for other important projects required in the local community, and also for religious purposes. The group meets at least once a month and is yet another example of the far reaching benefits that Fairtrade can bring to marginalised communities.

* Kanji is part of the Rapar & Dhrangadhra Farmers Producer Company based in Gujarat in India who oversee the first stages of our supply chain which includes the raw organic cotton growing, lint cotton on bales and ginning processes. The cotton spinning is performed by Omax Cotspin who are based in Gujarat in India, with all other processes from dying through to printing and CMT, undertaken by Fusion Clothing who are based in Tirupur, Tamil Nadu, India. RREPP's full supply chain is FLO (Fairtrade) & GOT's (Organic) certified. Omax Cotspin is also aligned to the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) and Fusion Clothing indirectly with the Fair Wear Foundation. All are Socially & Environmentally focussed third party auditing bodies.

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