Partners since 2013
Arun’s silver-smithing workshop is so much more than just a workplace. It’s a place of community, safety, and opportunity. Arun and the Artisans who work with him belong to a marginalized community and were born in the same village in the Bengal region. Most of the men never learned to read, and had few opportunities to earn a living with their metalworking skills. But Arun, himself a talented silversmith, had a vision for a brighter future for himself and his fellow Artisans.
He and his team migrated to the city in search of a better livelihood. It was then that they connected with Noonday’s Artisan Business Partner, who helped their business blossom. Today, the Artisans don’t just work together–they also live in the same building. This sense of shared purpose is reflected in the pieces they create, which capture the beauty of collaboration.
In 2023, India surpassed China to become the most populous country in the world, with 1.4 billion people. Its people represent incredible cultural, linguistic, and religious diversity, as do the country’s 28 states. India has made great contributions to higher math, is the home of chess, and boasts the world's largest film industry (Bollywood). The country has a rich history of handcrafts dating back to 5000 BC, including techniques like weaving, pottery, jewelry-making, and metalworking.
Stories of Flourishing
Arun BiswasIn his home village, Arun never had the opportunity to learn to read. So it became his greatest dream for his daughters to become literate. Today, with hard work, his dream has been achieved. In fact, his eldest daughter was the first girl from his village to pursue higher education. She recently received her graduate degree from an engineering college and now works in a multinational company. Arun shares that her graduation was the proudest moment of his life.