Mesh's focus is to work with people affected by Leprosy and other disabled groups. It buys from 42 groups in 12 states in India and it sells their products through Fairtrade organisations in Europe, North America and Australia.
Changes in eating habits in the west but here as well suggests that there is no longer the emphasis on eating meals around a table which in the traditional way would require a tablecloth or placemats- with couples being busy with full time jobs, with microwave meals taken at any time and with less time for family meals there has been a marked dropped in the demand for tablecloths and placemats so the weavers who are directly affected by this must look for other innovative products to produce and sell.
Remote but relevant and directly affecting their livelihood.
When I was raising my children I had one rule and that was that we ate around a table every night. I never cooked a separate meal and the children ate the food we ate. There is nothing they dont eat and dont enjoy and I am blessed with three boys who take joy and pleasure in their food and the way they eat it. Next time you are thinking of cutting corners think again.