One Stone, Many Ripples . . .

One Stone, Many Ripples

MarketPlace has been experiencing a good phase with growing sales, exciting designs and an increase in the number of groups and women artisans.  One group that we are thrilled to be working with now is Ghar Udyog (Home enterprise).  Ziauddin, who started Ghar Udyog, is from South India and came to Mumbai looking for work. At first, because he did not know Hindi or English … Continue reading One Stone, Many Ripples

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Recycle with MarketPlace

We are excited to share some creative recycled crafts made by the artisans! In this workshop, the women fashioned household items using recycled materials, including paper, CDs and bottles to make coasters and planters. Bottle Planters This space saving planter is made by cutting the side of a plastic bottle and filling it with soil. Tie a few of them together for a unique planter … Continue reading Recycle with MarketPlace

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An update on the Armaan Club

The Armaan Club takes change into the next generation. Through a comprehensive program of enriching experiences, mentoring, life-skills instruction and educational and career advice, the Armaan Club is a means to break the cycle of poverty and unemployment for the children of the artisans. It was formed in collaboration with the artisans to help their children succeed and blossom. Here are some of their recent … Continue reading An update on the Armaan Club

Recipe:  Palak Paneer

Recipe: Palak Paneer

Spinach with Paneer or Tofu This is really a good recipe; easy and flavorful 1 pkt Paneer or 1 Pkt Firm Tofu 2 bunches fresh Spinach 5 Cloves 1 stick Cinnamon  3 Cardamom pods      1 teaspoon minced fresh Ginger  ½ teaspoon minced Garlic  1 Onion, chopped 1 Tomato, chopped ½ teaspoon Turmeric ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper 1 tablespoon oil Dash of Pepper and salt If … Continue reading Recipe: Palak Paneer

Artisans Celebrate: Food Mela

Celebrating the Artisans: Food Mela

For the artisans, their own enjoyment is last on the list of their priorities.  That is why at MarketPlace we make a point of prioritizing recreation. Every year we have two events dedicated to fun, community and celebration for all the women. In the past it has been either a picnic out of the city or Artisans’ Day where the groups performed skits, dances or … Continue reading Celebrating the Artisans: Food Mela

Upcycling: Chindis

Upcycling with Chindis

At MarketPlace, we try to make the most of everything we have. This is extremely evident in our upcycling of the fabric scraps from our products. The various scraps come in different shapes and sizes, depending on whether we’re cutting pant legs or arm lengths. These scraps are what we call Chindis. Looking through the catalog, you can see the wide range of colors in … Continue reading Upcycling with Chindis

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From Mumbai to Baltimore: How our products make their way to your home

Extreme care for our products doesn’t end after the artisans create them. Following the artisan led quality control process,  boxes full of the new products are shipped by air to Baltimore. It is there that they are unpacked, making sure all of the products made it safely to the Serrv warehouses.       We have been proud partners with Serrv, one of the first … Continue reading From Mumbai to Baltimore: How our products make their way to your home