The Didi Society at a Glance
Empowering women through fair trade.
We are driven by a vision of a world where equity and justice are mainstream. We work with women's artisan collectives in India, to achieve social, economic and political empowerment.
"Didi" means "sister" in hindi - older, respected sister. The name represents our mode of operations. In every relation, as we do our work, we strive for respect, care, and solidarity.
We support projects in India that improve access to education for women and girls, such as alternative learning models, completion of secondary school, or grants and loans for women to return to school.
We also have a online course on social justice that we working to offer free of charge for educators to use in schools but also for women around the world to access as a means to empowerment.
What We Do
GLOBAL TO LOCAL
With this initiative, our goal is to make a direct impact locally and internationally. We find a sponsor who values women's empowerment and wants to have an impact here on Vancouver Island and in India. We then purchase bags from our partners in India, fill them with supplies needed by the local recipients, and distribute them to women in need.
CUSTOMIZABLE WHOLESALE BAGS
FAIR TRADE PRODUCTS
These cotton, canvas bags are made by women in India who are receiving a living wage for their work, and work in safe, healthy conditions, leading to economic empowerment. Get your logo screen printed on these bags and make your business, conference, or organization greener, fairer, and participating in a better world.
At markets, online, and in some stores (always looking for more!) we sell unique fair trade products. The products are designed and made in India using recycled fabric from local tailors, and natural products from local farms.Yoga mat bags, soap, mala beads, backpacks, and more!
INDIA TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES
We coordinate opportunities to explore India, learn about fair trade, and understand women's empowerment from the women we partner with.
A typical trip includes workshops (on gender equality, privilege, power), service work (on the farm, in the workshop), cultural experiences (yoga ashram, local markets and farms) and more.