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Shona Easton

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£2,703
raised of £6,000 target by 105 supporters

Weʼre raising £6,000 to help a rural Indian community that includes my 200+ talented leather workers who are currently unable to work due to Coronavirus & Lockdown

Horsham UK
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Hello everyone. I wondered if you could help please?

Quick background if you don't know me: I design handbags & leathergoods and they are manufactured by my partners in rural India in our ethical, fair trade workshop. It's pretty remote - in the countryside about 3 hours from Chennai.

India have been in lock-down since March 24th and their gov basically gave everyone 4 hours notice that lock-down was commencing. So, no time to clear the workshop of finished orders, sort out work that the workers could take home. Absolutely NO time to do anything!

As you can imagine, life has become very difficult.

In my recent communications with my guys in India, I've realised what a MUCH more serious situation they are in than me/us in the UK. They totally need help and I want to help them...not just by honouring my existing orders & stretching myself to send more, but by helping to raise money for the wages of the village workshop workers.

It's a small business and the owners Venky & Radhika are very caring about their staff. They (and I) want to pay the workers, even though they can't work, for the duration that the workshop has to be closed.

I am not a rich brand owner, I love what I do but I don't have money stashed away that I can use to help. I have stock and if I could sell it all tomorrow, I'd advance Venky the money to keep him and our workshop in business. Sadly that's not happening either!

All the staff were paid for March but April's wages are due and we're thinking ahead to May and beyond. Who knows how long this thing will last. Venky & Radhika and I just want to keep the workers paid, so they can buy food and look after their families while we wait to be able to welcome them back to the workshop again.

My plan is to have my head shaved following the Tonsure tradition in India and I'm looking for sponsorship to raise 60k to help my Indian workers feed and care for their families for the next 6 months. If I raise extra, I will use it to help the wider community in this very rural area.

Radhika explains about Tonsure: "In India, Tonsure is usually done twice in your life, once as a baby or small child and again when you choose, as an adult. The removal of your hair (crowning glory) is symbolic to sacrificing your ego to the universe which will help you in bringing awareness within yourself. It's quite a strong tradition in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, where we're based."

If you look at my header photo you may see a couple of the women with very short 'growing back' hair, having recently done their Tonsure.

For me, shaving my head is WAY out of my comfort zone 😬 And getting the hubby to do it, since we're in lock-down... AND doing it live on FB ,You Tube, Instagram or wherever. I am actually not looking forward to this very much. BUT I need and want to help.

And I need and want YOUR help please.

The plan is for Robert to shave my head on May 11th. That is our 20th Anniversary (since we met) and 7th Anniversary (since we married). We also spent the 11th May 6 years ago in Tamil Nadu with Venky & Radhika, so very apt indeed. And hopefully an auspicious day for the job.

Please help me to help my amazing and talented leather workers and their families.

Thank you

Here's a video, taken earlier this year of some of my Harris tweed accessories & dog leads in production. Happier times!

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  • Shona Easton6 months ago
    Shona Easton

    Shona Easton

    6 months ago

    Hello! It's 3 weeks since the head shave and it's starting to look like it's growing back! I haven't missed having hair in the HOT weather we've been having though. Our thermometer outside registered 45c (in full sun) yesterday afternoon! Update: I have now transferred £4500 to India and Venky & Radhika say a huge THANK YOU to everyone for your support. I'm still continuing to raise funds, so if you know anyone who might like to help, please share my cause. Thanks! Still no one allowed back to the workshop yet. Shona x

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  • Shona Easton6 months ago
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    Shona Easton

    6 months ago

    Woweee! We're on our way to over £5000 now, THANK YOU everyone! There's £2555 in Just Giving PLUS £2000+ in private donations, PLUS 25 % of every sale from my website going to the fund too. You're all AMAZING!!! Here's a lovely puppy pic. Mika had 9 pups last week and she's such a good mum. So caring - like you all are too. xxx

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  • Shona Easton7 months ago
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    7 months ago

    A MASSIVE thank you to everyone who watched my live Head Shave on Monday. Still totting up all the bids for the bags I was selling but it's looking like well over £1000 for bids during the live. And more are still coming in! If you missed the show, here's a link: https://www.facebook.com/ShonaEastonHandbags/videos/245457409848612 (you may have to copy & paste it) There will be more 'craft fair bags' to bid on in the coming days, so keep an eye out on Facebook & Instagram. Thanks again to all you wonderful people for all your support Shona

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  • Geebee

    Geebee

    Jul 6, 2020

    Dear Shona,I am making a donation to celebrate my brother and sister in laws' 2nd wedding anniversary. I am honouring their love language of service to others. It is part of our Sikh heritage.

    £40.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jun 28, 2020

  • Andy

    Andy

    Jun 14, 2020

    £10.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jun 13, 2020

  • Anne

    Anne

    Jun 4, 2020

    Very thoughtful idea Shona.

    £10.00

  • Alex Broadey

    Alex Broadey

    May 28, 2020

    Hi Shona I think I bought my bag and organiser before you were donating 25% of online sales to India so I am sending that amount s a donation. And if you have then you've got double..

    £20.00

  • Jezebel

    Jezebel

    May 25, 2020

    Hi Shona. This is an awesome project.

    £40.00

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Shona Easton

Shona Easton

Horsham UK

Handbag & accessories designer, based in the UK, with manufacturing in rural India. Our Indian partners run our ethical, fair trade workshop, employing 200+ women from the local village, enabling them to supplement their families' income and send their kids to school.

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