Grey WAR Remembrance Tote
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Item #: 106401
You will find three different elements in white, block font on each tote bag:
1. The names of individuals that have been rescued from human trafficking;
2. The age of each person when they were rescued;
3. The country in which they were rescued.
All of these components help us to remember the struggle that each person named has gone through, as well as the organizations and people that are working to support those that have been or are at risk of being human trafficked. Your purchase matters and helps change lives.
Each tote is handcrafted in India of genuine leather and canvas. Approximately 14"H x 15"W x 4"D, with an 11" drop from the handle. Three interior pockets, one zippered, provide space for daily essentials while the rest of the tote is large enough for a laptop or other needs.
Where this product came from
Although caste discrimination was made illegal in India long ago, an age-old mindset is not easily cut from the fabric of the culture. Many of India’s poorest citizens are still considered “untouchable” and confined to the most grueling and laborious jobs. Without education or status, some are tricked into lives of slavery or resort to selling themselves in the red-light districts. Reaching into these marginalized communities, Woven Works offers dignity and hope through employment at high-end coffee shops and a thriving clothing factory. Dedicated to the highest quality service and product, Woven Works is equally dedicated to the well-being of its employees, offering safe and healthy working conditions along with fair wages. Skilled and unskilled workers flourish alongside professionals, whether driving a truck, managing an office, creating coffee drinks, or designing colorful fabrics and clothing. Once unwanted and unwelcomed, these men and women now thrive in an environment where they are well treated and highly valued. When you purchase their handcrafted accessories, you invest in their dignity, hope, and healing.
Dipak can’t read and doesn’t want to. Too many times, he’s been cheated and tricked by those who can read and write. For Dipak, education is a sign of High Caste, a people group that actively excludes and despises him. His “untouchable” status forced him to move away at a young age to find work. Far from home, he spent his days driving a rickshaw across town, but the money wasn’t enough. His family’s mounting medical bills sunk them further into poverty. While visiting family members in the hospital, Dipak was approached by a Woven Works manager. He soon found the Woven Works community rallying around him, determined to see his family thrive. Today, Dipak is a valued member of the Woven Works community. Working hard in the café, he offers joy, inspiration, and good-natured advice to those around him. The scars of the caste system have long since been left behind, with empowerment and dignity taking their place.