Looking for a Christmas gift with a difference? Want to make someone smile, do something for charity, and empower women? Check out Secret Projects*.
Secret Projects is a social business whose goal is to unfold women’s power in India through the making and selling of clothing and homeware. It was founded by Fritha Vincent in 2014, upon discovering that there are many women in India with tailoring skills but no means of earning an income from these skills.
The first product produced was the Secret Pillow, a cushion which unfolds into a blanket. Secret Projects teaches women to make Secret Pillows and pays them more than double minimum wage. Their income enables them to pay for their children to go to school, food, medicine, and other basic living costs. A new product was also recently launched: Secret Clothes.
To date, Secret Projects has trained over 500 women in India in six different states. For every three Secret Pillows made, another woman is invited onto their training programme, allowing them to work to become financially independent.
The Secret Pillow originates from the world of quilting and is also known as a quillow (a cushion which unfolds into a blanket). Made out of 100% cotton fabric and 100% polyester wadding, the standard size is 43cm square folded, unfolding into a width of 110cm and length of 150cm, perfect for those hygge evenings.
I have to admit, I found my sample product a bit garish when it first arrived but I’ve grown to really love the bold print. And there is a whole range of styles to choose from, including fairies, butterflies, elephants, anchors and spots.
Which style would you choose?
*I was sent a Secret Pillow for review purposes and all thoughts are my own