Yes, we really do support communities!
Our ethos is "a cup of tea for everyone". Having reasonably priced goods which allows us to turnover stock and continue buying from our families and artisan communities in India.
Charities and communities
I was asked at a recent trade event if we really do support charities and communities.
"A cup of tea for everyone"
Rather than sourcing all our pieces from one supplier (which is possible) I prefer to use a number of suppliers in different communities. Where possible I try to visit the families I work with and meet those they employ. This way I can spread the wealth throughout different areas. My philosophy for the business is "a cup of tea for everyone" - no one gets a whole bottle of champagne.
We work with families in Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Mumbai, Srinagar, New Delhi, Ahmedabad and Moradabad.
We've learned a lot along the way. We've invested time and money.... lost (lots of) money and learned a lot of lessons. We've also made some great friends.
Take Your Seat has supported Butterflies Child Rights which works with over 1500 street children in Delhi, 6000 children who have survived the tsunami in the Andoman & Nicobar Islands and over 400 children in remote areas of Uttrakand.
Through Kiva Take Your Seat has helped finance 101 projects.
We also have stock from Kumbaya a charity that works with women in remote rural India, many of whom have disability from polio.
Adive Pure Nature is a Mumbai artisan collective with great corporate social responsibility, using natural dyes and sustainable methods.