We have been working with a factory in Kolkata for over 15 years. In addition to the fine leather goods they make for us, they make for some high end German car brands. The factory works hard to look after their staff and provides a safe, clean and secure environment.
The lockdown in India, which was announced with only 4 hour's notice has left many working people in dire straits as they work on a hand to mouth basis and, not being able to work, cannot buy food. Even worse, many people come to the cities to work and send money home to their families who live in the countryside. They would normally return to their villages when they are unable to work but, with the short lockdown notice and closure of all public transport, they have been unable to do so which has created incredible hardship.
The factory has taken on the task, together with a few other local businesses, of feeding those unable to buy food and they have asked for our help. The food is distributed to those in need and there is also a kitchen set up to feed homeless people.
For our part, we need to pay the factory both for some outstanding orders and also upcoming orders which they cannot process under the lockdown. Thus your help will benefit us, assist the factory and help poor people in Kolkata.
Critically, whilst we have been able to place two people on furlough we need to work hard and smart to be in a strong enough position to continue paying them once the government furlough scheme ends so that we can keep our team together. It will clearly take some time for most businesses to recover as our customers will also be struggling.
We know that many people are struggling and appreciate your time and, hopefully, donation, no matter what size. We thank you most sincerely for your kindness and generosity and hope that you will support us and, perhaps, become a fan of our brand! All donations gifted will go to India. This is Hector ready to go to work as chief of security!
Why don't you get a grant from the government? I thought they were providing lots of money for small businesses?
We have applied for a Small Business Rates Grant which will cover some of our essential expenses over the coming months. However, we are frustrated in our attempts to obtain a loan as the banks make it as difficult as they can and, in any event, are not offering particularly good deals making it unwise to take on additional debt, particularly until we can see a clearer way forward.
What are the terms & conditions of the pledges?
No refunds for pledges, but we are happy for them to be transferable.
Product will be shipped as soon as we receive the funding. We will email you for your details.
Please feel free to contact us with any queries and stay well.