Low-Interest Business Loans for Workers
The workers of Shalimar Flowers created a Fair Trade premium-funded microcredit program. This program currently provides small loans for workers who wish to start their own businesses in order to earn additional incomes.
Women's Empowerment Workshop funded by Fair Trade Premiuims
Fair Trade premiums allocated by the Joint Body also fund workshops for female empowerment. These are designed to encourage participation in community activities such as the Community Development Committee through discussions on gender.
Driving and Tailoring workshops for workers
The scholarship program was developed in late 2009 to help workers develop new skills and further their education. The scholarship’s pilot program facilitates courses in driving and tailoring.
Community Sports League Created by Joint Body
With assistance from Fair Trade premiums, the farm workers oversaw the creation of local sports leagues for football, netball and other indoor games starting in 2009. Many workers and community members have joined the teams which now compete at a national level. Workers say their participation in this program fosters community development, pride and unity.