Toucan Team

Profile of CONTIGO´s partner Toucan


Fashion jewellery made of recycled sari fabrics


Ghitorni, village in the South West district in the state of Delhi, India– distance to Europe: 6.000km

Delhi to Göttingen (Source: Google Source)

Founded in 2003


  • Managing director Shaina works for her husband’s company, who sells leather goods and furniture as a designer; over time, the idea of starting her own business with a meaningful project germinates
  • 2003: Foundation of Toucan
  • 2019: Toucan becomes a member of the Indian organization “Fairtrade India”

Cooperation with CONTIGO since 2018

Structure of the business

Number of employees: 

  • Managing director: Shaina Jarg
  • In the main office:
    • 12 permanent employees
    • 40-50 women in production, depending on order situation, on a daily wage basis
  • Departments:
    • Design, product development
    • Customer support
    • Production support: training of new artisans for home production
    • Quality control
    • Shipping, Export
  • Cooperation with 20 groups in Ghitorni (a total of 200 women are employed) who produce the pearls and finished jewellery at home

Work organisation: 

  • New employees are first trained in the central workshop (making beads, complete necklace production), then they only work from home in order to be able to take care of the family (children, relatives, agriculture) on the side.
  • Homeworkers receive piece rated wages which are calculated according to time and effort
  • Toucan supplies the raw materials


  • Exports (100%) to the U.S.A., France, Spain, Great Britain, Mexico, Finland, Japan, Netherlands, Italy, Greece


  • To improve the income conditions for women so that they can send their children to school

Special features

It is important for Toucan that the children of the artisans go to school and check this regularly; depending on their background Toucan also supports the families financially (for school expenses: school fees, uniform), currently Toucan supports 50 children.

Why does CONTIGO work with Toucan: The social orientation of Toucan with the aim of creating fair income opportunities for the rural population and especially for women, combined with the focus on recycling materials that would otherwise become waste and the unusual, beautiful products make Toucan an ideal partner for CONTIGO.


Fairtrade classification

FTP = Fairtrade in Progress, a trip to Delhi is envisaged for February 2020


Fairtrade aspects

Toucan complies with the following Fairtrade Principles:

No child labour

No discrimination

No discrimination due to gender, disability, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, political orientation, or infection with HIV

Fair wages

  • Minimum wage in Delhi: INR 12,610/month (INR = Indian Rupee) 
  • Wages at Toucan:
    • Permanent employees receive between INR 15,000 and 20,000 / month
    • Production employees receive an agreed daily wage
    • Home workers receive piece rated wages which are calculated according to time and effort
      • The fastest employee receives INR 28,000/month
      • Average earnings between INR 5,000- 7,000/ month
  • Monthly payment in cash and against cheque
  • Travel allowance
  • Overtime is remunerated twice over

Humane working conditions

Working hours:

  • 8 hours/day
  • 1 hour break for tea and lunch
  • 6 days/week 

Social benefits:

  • Paid leave
  • Continued payment of wages in case of illness or accident (18 days)
  • In case of need: financial support for the education of the children of the homeworkers (school fees, school uniform, medical emergencies)

Educational opportunities:

  • Thorough induction training in the central workshop


  • Work contracts are available
  • Payroll is available
  • Pay slips are available
  • SAR (Self Assessment Report) was duly submitted to CONTIGO


  • First visits in Delhi (2018, 2019)
  • Member of Fairtrade India (since 2019)


Country information

See Encyclopaedia Britannica: India




Author: Janina Lange on 3. May 2019

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