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Our Mission in Stories

MarketPlace has grown tremendously since we began in the 1980's. Over that time, our values, systems, and programs have also evolved.

About a year ago, we started a very exciting a project aimed at identifying these values. Team Sampoorna, a group of young dedicated professionals, assisted in the endeavor. They held numerous meetings incorporating discussions, role-playing, poster making and other exercises designed to help the women artisans articulate what values they felt were important. This resulted in masses of sticky notes, which were then sorted into 13 values. Out of the 13, five were determined to be the most important: Development, Respect, Independence, Quality, and Joy.

The women made drawings to depict these values, which as you can see showcases their creativity and ingenuity.


Pushpika Freitas


Our Mission

When you purchase and enjoy a MarketPlace product, you become an integral part of an innovative program of social change. Successfully running their own businesses gives the artisans in India the opportunity to forge a new, better future for themselves, their families and even their communities. They are proud to offer you a collection of unique yet versatile products characterized by beautiful traditional hand-dyed fabrics and hand embroidery.

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