Profit Sharing gives back to artisans

October 6, 2012 at 4:34 am

Oct 2012 Profit Sharing Meeting | Noah's Ark

On Thursday night, the sound of rustling chairs, quiet voices, and anticipation filled the second floor of the Noah’s Ark facility. Over 75 attendees – artisans, some with their families, and Noah’s Ark employees – sat in rows waiting for the program to begin. In April 2011, Noah’s Ark International Exports began an initiative for sharing profits with the artisans. Through this program, Noah’s Ark hoped to ensure that each workshop’s artisans saw a direct return on their hard work, a benefit often limited to a workshop’s owner.

In its inaugural year, which ran from April 2011 to March 2012, the program was implemented with ten artisan workshops, five of which were represented at the meeting. Noah’s Ark would pay a 1% cash return based on the total value of goods each workshop produced for Noah’s Ark, to be equally distributed among each respective workshop’s employees. At this week’s meeting, these workers were individually recognized and handed their share. While 1% may seem like an insignificant number, the cash received per worker could equal as much as one month’s wages. Workshop owner Khalil Ahmed was so inspired by the initiative that he added an additional sum from his workshop’s profits into the money received by his employees.

Noah’s Ark goes to the Dentist

September 29, 2012 at 10:28 am

Noah's Ark sponsors dental exam day for students

Each year, the Noah’s Ark Handicrafts & Artisan Welfare Society hosts several health days for our factory workers, artisans and the students attending the schools run by our Project Ashakiran. Every student or worker receives a free dental examination on an initial screening day, and if necessary, they will receive a follow up appointment on a second treatment day. We are grateful to the 8 dentists from the Teerthker Mahaveer Dental College & Research Center in Moradabad who participated.

In 2012, we hosted a student screening day on 28 March followed by a treatment day on 7 August. Over 175 students participated and received treatment. Each student was given an identity card with their record to be used during future exam days. Of the 175+ students seen, 30 were referred to a local hospital for further treatment.

Student receives dental exam through Noah's Ark India     Student receives dental treatment through Noah's Ark India.

For our factory workers and artisans, dental health days were held on-site at the Noah’s Ark factory on 8 May, 25 May and 14 June. On the initial screening day on 8 May, over 80 artisans and factory workers were seen by the 8 dentists.

Employee Indu receives dental exam through Noah's Ark India     Worker receives dental treatment through Noah's Ark India

Noah’s Ark Handicrafts & Artisan Welfare Society is committed to helping our community of workers, artisans and their families lead healthy lives by providing these dental health days in addition to medical and eye health screenings. Despite the usual discomfort that comes with a visit from the dentist, we are happy to say that there were lots of smiles.