The first time we met Rujith he had a small wooden lean-to workshop, to the side of his house. He depended on subcontracted orders which were as unreliable as any payments he received. It took several years to build trust before he accepted our offer of an interest free loan to build a workshop. The benefits were immediate; increased capacity and better quality. Bigger profits allowed him to repay the loan faster than ever imagined, with a second loan and workshop soon following.
Rujith listened to our guidance and focused on building a sustainable business which now offers regular employment to many other villagers. We once asked Rujith if working with a fair trade buyer made any difference to him as a producer. His instant reply was "Absolutely! It is like walking from darkness to light. Everything you have given to me, I now give to my workers."
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