MKS Export Ltd., a nonprofit organization, was established to create a market for small artisan groups in India, to offer a fair price for their products, and to ensure that the artisans can obtain raw materials at a reasonable price. MKS works with a variety of artisan groups that create silk, leather, stone, wood, and brass products. MKS helps artisans develop skills and become self-reliant. MKS social commitments include medical aid, education, loans and financial aid. Based in Kolkata, India, MKS was founded in 1994. MKS is a verified member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO). MKS reports a significant increase in artisans’ awareness of the Fair Trade movement and their commitment to product development. MKS supports 24 producers groups, giving income generation opportunities to about 250 artisans, and encourages the use of environmentally-friendly technology.
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