In July 2017, 18-year-old Gautam was offered a scholarship fully funding his undergraduate education when some of the workers in the Fair Trade Certified factory where his mother works learned that his family needed help paying for his schooling. Workers on the Fair Trade Committee voted to create the scholarship with their Community Development Funds. Gautam plans to get a degree in commerce and hopes to one day be a chartered accountant in the Tiruppur area serving the manufacturing industry and workers like his mother. “When I was growing up, people talked about chartered accounting as something difficult, but I was attracted to the challenge,” he says. "I am interested in giving back to this community. I hope to return after my studies and work within this space.” Gautam credits the strong work ethic he’s been exposed to in his mother’s factory and hopes that others can see that too and be inspired. "There's a lot of hard work that goes into making these fair trade garments,” he says. “I hope the consumers value the product—please don't waste it or discard it—and recognize the mutual benefit in this arrangement. All workers could and should benefit—just as I have—through the continuing fair trade relationship."
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