Thursday, May 13, 2010


Mseeds bookmarks
Originally uploaded by dalbhat
Some time ago, I met a woman from the States who has co-founded the organization Destiny Reflection here in Kolkata. This organization seeks to empower young women who have been trafficked in the sex trade or who are at risk of becoming so.

Seeing this as an important issue, especially in the porous border regions where Nepal, Bangladesh and West Bengal borders meet, Mustard Seeds is happy to give support to this group in the form of product development and marketing. Whenever Mustard Seeds comes across a vocational skills unit with goals and projects that echo our own, we try to identify and develop at least one product that we can produce and sell for them. Through this product, we can tell the story of the women who make these and create a network of people who want to learn more.  Placing orders with the organization is one of the best ways of showing our support and creating meaningful work.

I am delighted to announce that Destiny Reflection now has an official website so please take some time out to learn more about this small, but quickly expanding organization that is working hard to address the issues of exploitation and poverty, especially amongst women.

If you wish to show your support with the purchase of bookmarks, please be in touch by email. Thank you to Susie McNaughton and Neil Haran for offering to host a small coffee morning fundraiser with Mustard Seeds in Ennis, Ireland this summer.  These and other products by the groups we network with in Kolkata will be on display!  Also, please let us know if there is a cooperative or bookshop that might be interested in selling these.

1 comment:

Colleen said...

I will be opening up a shop in Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok selling primarily kantha textiles from MKC, and I think these would be a wonderful addition to my inventory! My shop will open in July, after we shift from Kolkata to Bangkok. If you are interested, please let me know!