Silence is a fair trade organisation and social-economic rehabilitation centre for physically disabled people. It was founded in 1979 by a small group of deaf artists who wanted to become economically self-sufficient. Together they formed a society and registered it as an NGO.
Silence has grown to encompass around 100 members, and is now able to meet most of its production, staff and property expenses from its steadily growing sales of excellent quality cards and other goods.
Silence works hard to break the perception that their employees cannot fully contribute to a working environment. Not only have they developed a successful fair trade unit but they also support training and work placements within Kolkata for the hard of hearing. We have recently started a project designing jewellery with them and look forward to receiving the results next year.