Matr Boomie - Woodwork
Artisan Organization: Matr Boomie
Matr Boomie is a wholesale, fair trade collective from India that marries modern design with traditional art. It began in 2006 with the mission of creating opportunities for women and minorities to realize their creative, economic and leadership potential. Since then its network has grown to empower 20,000 artisans in 40 partner communities throughout India. It’s now a credible force in the fair trade market, making critical differences in the lives of its artisans, their families and communities.
The northern regions of India are predominantly inhabited by woodworkers, whose inherited skills and craftsmanship they can trace back for generations. Matr Boomie has worked with several of these artisan groups for many years, conducting skill development workshops and helping protect the health of their artisan partners.
In September 2017, GlobeIn partnered with Matr Boomie to provide health assessments and eye check-ups to teams woodcarving artisans in the Uttar Predesh region of northern India.
Three highly qualified medical practitioners were brought in for the event, and eyeglasses were distributed to those in need.
Approximately 478 artisans and family members benefitted from the health camp, and follow-up appointments were scheduled as necessary.