While Fair Trade ensures that producers are paid fair wages for their work, Asha Imports goes one step further in making a real impact in the lives of producers. Asha Imports partners with others in Calcultta India to offer women in the sex trade an opportunity to leave this lifestyle and instead gain meaningful employment by making jute bags to be distributed through the company. Through additional partnerships, Asha Imports seeks to purchase products from organizations or businesses that employ individuals from slum areas who are seeking to improve their lives.
Asha Imports is a member of the Co-op America Business Network and is a member of the Fair Trade Federation. The company was founded in 2006 by Dylan and Molly Fila.