सध्या महाराष्ट्रात दुष्काळ असल्यामुळे शेतकरी हा विषय TRP बनला आहे . गेली अनेक वर्षे ह्या विषयावर सर्व स्तरावर चर्चा होत आहे . अजुनही ह्या विषयावर पुर्णतः निसर्गावर जबाबदारी टाकुन आपण मोकळे होत आहोत . ह्या वर्षी पाऊस चांगला पडला की शेतकरी अचानक समृध्द होइल असे स्वप्न पाहुन आपण मुळ मुद्दा टाळत आहोत . शेतकऱ्यांने कितीही मेहनत घेतली आणि निसर्गाने त्याला साथ दिली तरी हे सगळ बदलेल अस आपल्याला खरच वाटत का ?

शेतकरी हा जागतीक अर्थव्यवस्थेतील असा एकमेव घटक आहे जो सर्व कच्चा माल रिटेल बाजारातुन खरेदी करतो आणि तयार माल घाऊक बाजारपेठेत जाऊन विकतो आणि दोन्ही बाजुचा ट्रान्सपोर्टचा खर्च पण तोच करतो .
ह्या उलट इतर कुठलाही व्यवसायीक कच्चा माल घाऊक बाजारपेठेतुन घेतो . हा माल त्याच्या कारखान्यापर्यंत पोहचवला जातो . तयार झालेला माल तो व्यवसायीक रिटेल बाजारात विकतो आणि ते विकत घेणारा तयार माल त्याच्या कारखान्यातुन उचलतो .

औषध बनवणाऱ्या कंपन्या रिसर्च रिस्कच्या नावाखाली १००o % नफा कमवु शकतात . मात्र निसर्गाची कुठलीच जबाबदारी न स्विकारणाऱ्या समाजात शेतकरी नफा कमवतो कि नाही ह्याची साधी तसदी घेण्याची सुध्दा कुठली पध्दत अस्तीत्वात नाही .

निवडुणकीआधी कुठल्या पक्षाला किती जागा मिळेल ह्यावर महीनों न महिने चर्चा होऊ शकते पण पाऊस किती पडेल कुठल पीक घेतल्या मुळे शेती फायदेशीर होइल ह्याची चर्चा पण होताना दिसत नाही .
सेन्सेक्स किती अंशांनी वर किंवा खाली गेला हे रोज मन लावुन ऐकणारा समाज शेतकऱ्याला त्याच्या उत्पादनाचा किती दर मिळतो ह्याचा कधी अभ्यास करताना दिसत नाही .
हे सर्व बदलल पाहीजे अस आपल्या सगळ्यांना वाटत पण कस आणि केव्हा हे समजत नाही .
ह्या सगळ्या प्रश्नांवर उत्तर शोधुन ती जीवनात कायमस्वरूपी आणण्याचा ध्यास शॉप फॉर चेंज फेअर ट्रेड हया सेवाभावी संस्थेने घेतला आहे .
वरील प्रश्नांची उत्तर शोधुन त्यावर खालील प्रमाणे कार्यप्रणाली तयार केली आहे :
१ . शेतकऱ्याला हक्काची बाजारपेठ मिळवुन देण
२ . शेतकरी ते ग्राहक अशी मार्केट लींकेज तयार करण
3. शेतक-याला त्याच्या मालाचा हमीभाव मिळवुन देण
४ . ग्राहकाला वाजवी दरात चांगलामाल मिळवुन देण

असे अनेक उपक्रम शॉप फॉर चेंज फेअर ट्रेड ने हाती घेतले आहेत .
ह्या उपक्रमात जास्तीत जास्त लोकांनी सहभागी व्हाव ही विनंती .
आपण ह्या उपक्रमाला खालील प्रकारे मदत करू शकात:
१ . ह्या उपक्रमात आपाण ग्राहक बनुन शेतकऱ्याला शाश्वत बाजारपेठ दया
२ .  ह्या उपक्रमात स्वंयसेवक बनुन आपला अमुल्य वेळ देऊ शकता
3 . ह्या उपक्रमाला आर्थिक मदत करुन ही चळवळ अजुन मोठी करण्यास मदत करू शकता

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समीर आठवले
शॉप फॉर चेंज फेअर ट्रेड
http://www.shopforchange.in

Shop for Change @ kalaghoda

February 3, 2016

The only stall promoting Fair Trade labeled products.

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Wide Range of Fair Trade Products………………

 

 

About us:

Farmers and artisans in India have been deprived of economic growth. Shop for Change gives you a chance to hear their story and ensure their fair share through   FAIR TRADE !

Set up in 2009, ‘Shop For Change’, credited as India’s first fair trade label, works with the farmer and artisans to connect them directly to main stream markets, thus cutting through the long chain of intermediaries.

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  • Over 200,000 units of fair trade certified products sold in the Indian market.
  • Widespread success throughout the country, amounting to INR 10,00,000 fair trade bonus to producer organizations and their members.

 

No more intermediaries! Shop for Change brings you the hassle-free way to trade.

 

 

 

To know more about fair trade visit http://www.shopforchange.in

or whats app on 93200 32675

Saameer Ravindra Athavale

I have a big event (Kalaghoda and launching of India’s 1st online Fair Trade Shop) coming up soon for which I required assistance at various levels like content writing, banner designing and SEO optimization etc. My search was going on in different directions to get my work done through various sources as soon as possible. During this search I got to know about this social enterprise known as iVolunteer, which promotes volunteering. Their mission is to bring volunteers and organizations together to share time, skills and passion to promote India’s social development.  I thought to give it a try and I have to say my try was a real success. 

I contacted, Shruti (Mumbai Office Representative) from the team of iVolunteer and to my surprise, never saw such a quick response. They were there in my office, within a week’s time to get started with the work. WoW! This was unbelievable. Wait, but  this doesn’t stop here, they soon invited me to their event known as Skill Marathon which was organized on 23rd January 2016. It’s a platform where volunteer’s showcase their talent on various projects that contribute towards resolving social problems.

I was so impressed by their first step which they showcased towards my project, that I was totally inclined to go to their event. I was not dependent on them, but yes I was looking forward for this event. Till 22nd January, their team was putting efforts to gather volunteers and keep working for my big day event assignments.

On 23rd, as per the invitation I reached the venue sharp at 10:00 am and was again surprised to see, one of the volunteer assigned to my project Mr. Manoranjan Tiwari was ready present at the Skill Marathon event, before me. I remember the day when Shruti had come to my office and had taken all my requirements. Based on the requirements given, they had send their volunteer’s to work on my project. Amazing!

 

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Their team was giving me surprises through out the day. I shared 5 projects and all 5 were completed on that day itself. The entire event was managed with simplicity yet with commitment towards achieving the goal which was set by NGO’s.

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I would like to thank all volunteers who, with their skills supported a cause and allowed us to take Fair Trade moment ahead!

Rudra Biswas, Saheli Chaterjee, Walter D’souza, Arunava Basu and Manoranjan Tiwari

Last but not least special thanks to team iVolunteer Shalabh Sahai (Co-founder), Shrutee Limaye, Thryza Dow, Jayita Naha and all other team members.

 

Saameer Ravindra Athavale

fight poverty via trade  not aid!

 

 

 

trade vs fair trade

January 9, 2016

In my school days, I heard about Indian trade concept where people use to do business/trade with commodities. e.g. farmer will buy potteries by giving rice to potter-man and so on.

I believe, that was a start of fair trade where people just tried to full-fill our needs by compensating with the things they have in excess and helping each other.

“The day when trade changed from need base to profit base, fair trade practices started vanishing and greed took over the need.”

Here, take a look into previous and current scenario:

Previous Scenario:

  • why trade got evolved – to help each other
  • who are the beneficiaries –  producers and consumerstradeindia.jpg

Current Scenario:

  • what is the meaning of trade in current era – earn money
  • who are beneficiary – middle manconventional.png

Future Scenario:

Its time to challenge the current trade and move on to concept of Fair Trade which will benefit producer and consumers.faitrade.jpg

To know more about Fair Trade in India please visit http://www.shopforchange.in

or what’s app on +91 93200 32675

Regards,

Saameer Ravindra Athavale

Fair Trade Activist and Social Entrepreneur