South Asian Artisans

  Mr. Ellie Pooh: Sri Lanka
Mr. Ellie Pooh is an eco-friendly company making exotic gifts and paper out of elephant poo.

The Sri Lankan elephant is the darkest of the Asian elephants, and finds itself living on borrowed time. As a "mega
herbivore", these animals eat a ridiculous amount of plant matter every day. Unfortunately, this trek for tons of food
leads them directly into the farmer's crops, making them a pest to be eliminated. By using the cellulose fiber extracted
from their pooh, paper can be made. The farmers now see the elephant as a source of income to be protected. While the
species is still endangered, programs like this give the potential to live in harmony together, and the hope that the
elephant will one day rebuild its population.

These products are 100% recycled and are made up of 50% fiber from elephant dung and 50% post-consumer paper. The paper is acid free, organic and 
completely handmade.

Asha Handicraft Association: India
Asha means "hope" in Sanskrit, and this organization is providing just that. Based out of India, thousands of artisans rely on Asha Handicrafts for assistance in  
selling their products. Their artisans come to them lacking financial awareness and knowledge of promotional and management skills. Through Asha  
Handicrafts, artisans learn these basic business skills and are able to feed their families and continue living full lives. Artisans in this cooperative are often paid   in advance, or given interest free loans, to help eliminate debt.  They are also receiving free medical checkups, a savings program, and schooling for their 

Association for Craft Producers: Nepal
Nepal is among the poorest and least developed countries in the world. At least 25% of its residents live under the poverty line and there are very few 
opportunities for developing businesses.

However, Meera Bhatterai had a vision and in 1984 set out to create a Fair Trade organization called Association for Craft Producers that would provide  
design, market, management and technical services to low income women craft producers. Meera wanted to help women generate income, raise their standard
of living and raise their self-esteem. She wanted to give them a voice and a place in the market where they would not be exploited.  ACP now exports to more
than 18 countries and has created a strong domestic market.

Ganesh Himal Trading: Nepal
In the rural areas of Nepal, teenagers fear for their safety.  Rebel soldiers want youth to cook, clean, and take care of the wounded.  So teenagers (often boys) 
are being abducted.  One gentleman, seeing the need to help, began a project to do just that.  He offers these rural boys an option.  They may move to
Kathmandu, learn jewelry making, and receive an education, all in a safe environment.  A story that transforms beautiful jewelry into simply breathtaking     

The Silk Road Fair Trade Market, phone 724-946-8502,
located at 115 N. Market, #1, New Wilmington, Pa  16142
Open Tuesday - Saturday (10-5), Thurs evening to 6, closed Sunday and Monday