Inspiring learning through play.
Fair trade toy company Lanka Kade was founded in 1994 when husband and wife team, Upul and Diane, returned to the UK having met in Sri Lanka whilst working for the Red Cross. They did not want to lose contact with the country and the people they both love, therefore they set up a small import business to maintain links with Sri Lanka.
Lanka Kade is a based in the heart of the UK specialising in the design, craft and supply of fair trade wooden toys and gifts. Their distinctive range of educational products offers both bright bold colours and natural wood finishes. Products are designed to inspire learning through play which aids the development of language, picture, shape and colour recognition skills.
When your purchase a Lanka Kade product you directly support their educational foundation which provides books and daily milk drinks to several rural schools in Sri Lanka.
Lanka Kade products have been successfully tested in the UK to EN71 standards (European Toy Safety Standards).
Whilst in Sri Lanka in 1994, Diane and Upul met some local workers outside of a toy factory, only to discover they were ex-employees of the factory, chasing payment for work completed three months earlier. So incensed at this injustice, they decided there and then that they would only buy from people who cared about their workforce.
Lanka Kade have direct trading relationships with their producers, working with artisans to ensure fair trade working practices are met and maintained. Their commitment to their producers supports their growth and development, whilst ensuring their employees have a sense of job satisfaction and that their employment is valued. The producer groups offer their staff good rates of pay, equal opportunities and a safe working environment in coherence with the 10 Principles of Fair Trade. Lanka Kade are a proud and active member of the British Association for Fair Trade Shops and Suppliers (BAFTS).
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Lanka Kade, Unit C, Riverside End, Riverside, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 7PU, GB
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