November 17, 2013
For the second year in a row I coordinated vendor selection, registration, and sales for the AWA Mela, an effort beginning in June. The end result was the most successful Mela ever, with over 180 vendors selected to offer a huge range of goods and services to approximately 3,000 buyers: carpets, shawls, jewelry, handicrafts, fusion clothing, sporting goods, organic foods, artwork, children’s items, modern and antique household items, travel services, and loads more.
This year featured an expanded section for NGOs selling products. I am thrilled we could offer space to 30 NGOs who benefit so much from this publicity and the opportunity to sell their products. NGOs selling included the India Vision Foundation, Conserve, MESH, the Tibetian Children’s Village School, and Green the Gap. AWA members and friends sponsor each NGO booth to help make this possible.
Thank you to our US Ambassador, Nancy Powell, for speaking at the event and thanks also to Mark Cowlin for his photography services.
All Mela proceeds go to local not-for-profits organizations through AWA/Outreach.
Read more about the Mela here
Read more about the India Vision Foundation here
Read more about Conserve here
Read more about MESH here
Read more about Green the Gap here