The Zavida Silversmith Project
The Zavida Silversmith Project was first conceived to help to rebuild the lives of silversmiths in the Indian state of Gujarat, a region struck by a terrible earthquake in 2001, through profit-sharing and fair-trade work opportunities. As of Summer 2011, the Zavida Project has also established a new program in India at the grass roots Indian organization Zavida partners with to implement the Zavida Silversmith Project. This new program will offer courses in marketing, packaging, and fair trade practices for all the artisan groups in the region.
As Zavida Gemstones becomes more successful, our goal is to support at least one project on each continent where our gemstones are mined or where our artists are living. It is our way of living the values we believe in: giving back to people and communities from whom we benefit, substantially sharing the profits so that "everyone wins" and practicing the adage that what is good for business can be good for people, and what is good for people is good for business.
Since its establishment in 2006, Zavida has granted more than $25,000 to the Zavida Silversmith Project, creating countless opportunities for the silversmiths and their families.