India's COVID Crisis - How to Help

India's COVID Crisis - How to Help
The recent COVID-19 surge in India is horrifying. As restrictions are easing for many of us, many parts of the world are faring far worse than they were at any point during this past year. Mata Traders is about people first, and our efforts will always be in line with providing our artisan partners with as much business as possible. They depend on our business for their business. And their business includes distributing food, resources, and leading the way for their communities by providing work, in addition to creating our clothes and jewelry.

We’ve had to adjust our purchase orders this past year, and we know it’s extremely difficult to have many eager and capable artisans without a surplus of orders, but we are 100% committed to meeting and exceeding our pre-COVID levels of business with our partners as soon as we are able - and as soon as it’s safe for them to return to work.

We are in touch with all of our partner groups who are all currently on lockdown with production facilities closed. Most are healthy and staying safe, but some are dealing with the virus acutely themselves, or within their families. Everyone is currently okay or recovering, and we are so grateful for this. The awful reality is that millions of people in India have not had the same luck and our hearts go out to everyone that is suffering. With limited access to care and limited resources as a nation, this is nothing short of a crisis.

Many of you have asked how you can help, and rather than donating to one organization we’ve provided a few lists compiled by volunteers so you can donate to people, supplies, food, or other causes that are close to your heart.

Donate Food  |  Donate to Mutual Aid Fundraisers  |  Donate to Local Efforts & Non-Profits

As an incentive to donate, we’d like to raffle off $750 worth of Mata Traders’ products - anything you’d like, to one winner. Entries will be given based on increments of $20 donations, 2 entries for a $40 donation, and so on. Screenshot and DM us your donation receipt on Instagram @matatraders for a chance to win, and please give generously. This raffle is open to residents of the US and Canada aged 18 years and above. Raffle ends Saturday, May 1 at 11:59pm CST, and raffle winner will be selected and notified Monday, May 3. Prize must be redeemed in one use by June 30, 2021.