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After 8 years of trading, we have now closed. We have had fun over the years, sourcing interesting, fairly-produced goodies, and bringing them to New Zealand for you to share. We have enjoyed being able to support artisans and their families in developing countries, together with our NZ charity partners.
However, Covid has changed things for everyone, and we now find we are unable to continue trading. In the last 2 years it has been difficult to purchase goods of acceptable quality and receive them in a timely manner, difficult (near impossible during lockdowns) to arrange shipping and manage the huge price increases, just to get goods to NZ.


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An NGO, Noah’s Ark Handicrafts & Artisan Welfare Society, was created in 2000 to advance the charitable activities of the organization, which now include:

  • clean water
  • education
  • health
  • capacity building initiatives

“Through our work, we give an identity to the artisan’s craft and help them to appreciate the value of their products while ensuring they have the skills and resources to succeed in a changing market. Like the biblical story of Noah’s Ark that symbolizes the concept of saving mankind, we strive to save the art of making handicrafts.”

Artisan - Wood

Bahar Ahmed is based in Sahranpur, which is about 220 kilometeres from Moradabad. He mainly works with wood, and has been working with Noah's Ark for the last 20 years. He employs around 12 people in his workshop. He understands Fair Trade and encourages the idea within his team of artisans. He produces about 50% for Noah's Ark.




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