A blended beeswax and paraffin oil candle in a clay pot with a delicate rose cast on the side. Fragranced with a floral Indian Lavender scent and a hint of vanilla; instantly transporting your senses to the streets of Mumbai! Suitable for the home or garden. Presented in a brown card box detailing the fair trade nature of the product.
Handcrafted by the Dalit people of India. The purchase of this product will help provide vital support for the Dalit people and street children of this community.
Approximate burn time: 55 hours
Approximate size: 6cm high x 9.5cm diameter maximum.
For over 3000 years, the caste system in India has meant that 250 million Dalits are limited in education, health-care and employment, and girls are particularly vulnerable to being trafficked into the sex trade. 1 in 3 of the world's poor live in India and a third of their children suffer malnutrition.
Proceeds from the sale of every product in the Dalit range goes toward helping the Dalit community by building schools, orphanages, and health centres. As little as 65p per day can provide food, education, clothing and a loving home for a child.
The Dalit Goods Co is also an official member of the The British Association for Fair Trade Shops & Suppliers (BAFTS).
For over 3000 years the Dalits – also known as untouchables or outcasts – have been positioned at the bottom of India's society and are subject to the most aggressive and dehumanising abuse. They are born into a culture that devalues them from birth with society considering them lower than animals. The term ‘Dalit’ literally translates to downtrodden or oppressed and there are 250 million Dalits who are exposed to this injustice.
For 20 years the registered charity Life Association has been building schools and orphanages in some of the poorest parts of India. In 2010 the charity launched the Dalit Goods brand to raise awareness of the Dalits' plight and also funds for the charity. The idea for Dalit Goods came about as a result of a trip to India by Life Association's director Simon Hawthorne. Whilst there he began to notice a large number of smashed clay pots around the slum areas of Mumbai. These clay pots turned out to be drinking pots which for thousands of years the Dalit people have often been forced to drink from and then smash on the ground after use to avoid contact with others. It is this powerful symbol of oppression that inspired Simon to launch a range of Dalit branded products.
Based in Derbyshire, UK, it is Dalit's goal to cover as much of the overheads of the charity through trade as possible so that the maximum amount of each donation goes direct to the company's work in India.