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Saturday 1 June 2013

Thank YOU for the support

We at Pants 4 Asia would like to thank you for supporting us the last few months, sticking by us and listening to our message and helping spread the word about poverty in India. We are really excited to tell you all we are one step closer to getting to India, we can almost smell it. 

We sold over £3700 worth of stock, and gain so much awareness it is unreal. We are so thankful to everyone and can't wait to go to Old Spitalfields Market on June 12th. We will have a second Dragon's Den style event where we will prove to the judges how much we love the charity and how much passion we have for it, as a team we really want to get to India and see the people we are helping, see the people who need our help. We really want to see what they go through on a daily basis, we want to pick the organic cotton and help in the factory. We know we have a brilliant life here in the UK and we know there is so much more to the world!

We are also looking forward toThe Big IF London on 8th June at Hyde Park. Make sure you come down and support Enough Food IF. You can join tens of thousands of people (including part of the team) for an inspiring and exciting day of free activity to shake the G8 into action on hunger.

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Friday 17 May 2013

Wednesday 15th

We had a super amazing time on Wednesday, it was our last official day of selling at LeSoCo college. We have a massive sale and sold loads. We are looking forward now to selling the last of our stock at Old Spitalfields Market in June. We don't have much stock left but it should be an amazing day! 

I think I can speak for the whole team when I say thank you to everyone who gave us donations, thank you to everyone who came and saw us at the market, thank you to everyone who shared our pages and a massive thank you to everyone who got pants from us. Each and every one of you helped towards saving a life, you have made someone's day. Their life is a little bit better due to your help! 

Some pictures from Wednesday

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Wednesday 15 May 2013


Did you know nearly one billion people go to bed hungry every night and two million children die from malnutrition every year? The world produces enough food for everyone, but not everyone has enough food. 
Over 150 charities/organisations join IF in 2013 to campaign for an end to global hunger, this includes us, Pants 4 Asia along side Pants To Poverty. 
The Big IF London event is on Saturday 8 June in Hyde Park at 2pm promptly. it’s the same day that David Cameron is hosting an international Hunger Summit, it is the perfect time to tackle hunger and save millions of lives. They will begin IF's 10-day campaign in the lead up to the G8 summit in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland. Can't make it on the 8th? Don't sweat it... On Saturday 1 June, London’s best artists and fashion designers will come together to raise awareness of the Enough Food For Everyone IF campaign’s fight against hunger. Where: The Tabernacle, 35 Powis Square, London W11 2AY. When: 7.00pm to 11.30pm, Saturday 1 June.

The IF Campaign: calling for UK action on global hunger.
Enough Food For Everyone IF the UK Government keeps its promise on aid.
Enough Food For Everyone IF the UK Government tackles land grabs.
Enough Food For Everyone IF the UK Government stops big companies dodging tax in poor countries.
Enough Food For Everyone IF the UK Government pushes for more transparency.

David Cameron will only listen to our calls and push G8 leaders to act IF we show massive public support for action to end hunger. To do this, we need YOU, and thousands like you to support the cause and promote promote promote! 

Did you know that one kilogram of beef uses 15,000 litres of water? Try eating less meat and choosing free range and freedom foods.

You can even help by doing some little things. Try
  • Thinking about portion size and only cook as much as you’ll eat.
  • Checking out what’s in season near you and supporting your local farmers’ markets.
  • Labelling your leftovers and use airtight containers and freezer bags to keep food fresh.
  • Setting yourself a target of having at least one meat-free day each week. 

Make sure you Join the Enough Food For Everyone IF campaign, show your support. If you want to do more donate money and gain awareness by sharing this post with your friends and family. On Twitter, you can use the hashtag #BigIFLondon

Together, we can make IF happen.

Tuesday 14 May 2013

Social Enterprise

What is social enterprise and what is a social entrepreneur?
A social entrepreneur is an individual who recognises, launches and leads new business opportunities but is motivated by social goals and to maximize improvements in human and environmental well-being rather than increasing their personal wealth. As well as social enterprise we are a community enterprise as we are social enterprises that are committed to bringing a change in a specific community (India).

About us
As Travel and Tourism students who have a thirst for knowledge, gaining awareness of the cotton farmers and factory workers in India, has inspired us to want to do more. It did start off as just a PantrepreneurSHIP project with our college but each day we get more and more invested in this charity and it has honestly pulled on our heartstrings.As a team we represent France, South Africa, Brazil and the Caribbean speaking a variety of languages this makes us unique and diverse within ourselves. All of our representative countries including Britain suffer from poverty in some way. We see the future of the site continuing to highlight child labour and child poverty in many different countries. For more details on why this means so much to us check out our post here 'Why help?'

Our Goals & Aims
Our 1st aim and the most important aim is to sell as many products as physically possible. We are so determined to help raise funds we would do whatever it takes to contribute towards giving the people in India the life they truly deserve. 
Our 2nd aim is not to make people feel sorry about the farmers in India, but to show their hard work and dedication on producing cotton.
Our 3rd aim is to stop child labour, the Indian cotton industry is marked by the highest proportion of child labour in its workforce. One of the reports we read states that although children were enrolled in local schools, they were found working on farms during school hours.

Using the same principle as Pants to Poverty, we will continue to seek other entrepreneurial fair trade ideas such as: One Water and Divine Chocolate in which to promote, sell and continue to raise awareness of fair trade issues. One Water is a registered UK charity, working with communities in Africa to address some of the most pressing humanitarian issues of the day, including clean drinking water, hygiene & sanitation, nutrition, health, education and poverty reduction and Divine Chocolate is the only Fairtrade chocolate company which is 45% owned by the farmers! After consultation with the rest of the team we have chosen 3 other fair-trade schemes in which to raise awareness and highlight their issues and good causes:

Toms One for One – Eye Care with every pair of TOMS Eyewear you purchase, you renew opportunity for patients around the world, eager to return to work, their family and communities. And you help us invest in sustainable, smart eye care programs that are building for the future. One for One, you’re helping people in need reclaim their independence. Shoes - Once shoes are bought, Toms collaborate with our long-term Giving Partners to distribute the same number of pairs as their customers buy.

One Water - Provide a range of sustainable water projects, using technologies that are appropriate to the communities they serve and that can be easily maintained. Now, instead of walking for hours to collect water, children can go to school and entire communities benefit from access to fresh drinking water. Excess water can be used to irrigate vegetable gardens, giving communities the opportunity to grow and sell their own crops

Divine Chocolate - While Fairtrade ensures farmers receive a better deal for their cocoa and additional income to invest in their community, company ownership gives farmers a share of Divine’s profits and a stronger voice in the cocoa industry. That’s good business!

By joining the above affiliate programs Pants 4 Asia will have the opportunity to continue to generate revenue for these amazing causes as well as furthering our knowledge.

Monday 13 May 2013

What a day

We had a really good day today, sold a few more items and got some more awareness from staff members who will be buying more from us during the week. I am so excited at the amount of people who want to help us help the charity. We have been learning more about the IF campaign and can't wait to start fully supporting it. I will be writing a full blog post very soon. But for now you can check out their official website by clicking here
Don't forget to sign up and support them.

Akshaya Tritiya

 May the Lord bless you on this auspicious day of Akshaya Trithiya, and may it be a new beginning of greater prosperity, success and happiness. Wishing you happy times, and dreams for a year full of smiles!

Buying gold is a popular activity on Akshaya Tritiya as it is the ultimate symbol of wealth and prosperity Gold and gold jewellery bought and worn on this day signify never diminishing good fortune.
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Sunday 12 May 2013

The Big IF

One in eight people on this planet lives with the pain of hunger, yet our planet provides enough food for everyone. It's unfair, it's unjust, and - it's totally preventable.

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Brockley Market

We had an amazing day of selling yesterday at Brockley Market, we made loads of sales and gained so much awareness for the farmers, children and factory workers. We can't wait to keep the selling going this week. 

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Thursday 9 May 2013

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Friday 3 May 2013

Why help?

I am sure many people come across our site and think 'Why do they bother?' or 'Why do they care? They are only students!' Well I am here to let you know why we care, why we love this cause so much and why we are truly passionate about what we do. 
The Facts
  1. One out of two children between the ages of 6 and 14 has no access to primary education 
  2. Out of 27 million children born in India every year, 2 million do not survive to celebrate their first birthday.
  3. More than 56% pf households do not have electricity connections in India
  4. There are over 25 million orphans in India.
  5. 5,000 children under the age of 5 die every day in India due to preventable causes.
  6. Over 59 million children in India have no access to school.
Now you have seen the facts above, let me explain more. 
We hate these statistics / facts and believe they honestly need to be changed and quickly! We believe they deserve the same level of respect and the same fulfilled life that we can have here in the UK. Why should they feel suicide is the only way out? Why should children be losing their parents, friends and family members because we can't treat them with the respect every human should have? We need to give them respect, give them the money they need to live and help them feel better about themselvesWe are extremely lucky with what we get here in the UK and we need to recognise this.
Pants to Poverty support this in the following ways:

1.     Buying our cotton directly from the villages.

2.     Supporting and funding farmer owned seed development work and establishment of seed banks.

3.     Funding the educational materials in the local schools

4.     Funding the establishment of internet connections between the local schools and teacher mentors in the UK.

5.     Assisting with linking Chetna and their farmers up with buyers.

Thursday 2 May 2013

Update from the team

Here is a little update from the team.

We have had an amazing few days here at Pants 4 Asia HQ. Although we've had a little blip with our stock yesterday we are looking forward and thinking positively. Yesterday we was at the Saudi-British council meeting and met some amazingly inspirational people from multi-millionaires to serial entrepreneurs. We are beyond proud to be able to be in the same room as so many wonderful people. 

The event was at the Waterloo Campus of our college where many speakers talked about their amazing businesses. We met the lovely Penny Power (Founder of Ecademy), Melody Hossaini (Director of InspirEngage International and former BBC Apprentice candidate) and Ketan Makwana (Enterprise Lab and Rockstar youth)  
Penny Power
Melody Hossaini
Ketan Makwana
   We have a stall at Brockley market on 11th May 2013 if you'd like to come down and buy some of our pants. We are running out of stock! With each pair of knickers or pyjamas we sell can save someone's live and help change it for the better.
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Wednesday 1 May 2013

We have a winner!

We have a winner of our pants. 
The winner is Darren Johnston, he won with the 'follow P4A on Twitter' entry and I can confirm he does follow us on Twitter. I have emailed him and will be sending the item shortly. We are looking to have a 2nd giveaway so make sure you keep checking back. You still have time to enter the shamballa giveaway. Just check out our Twitter page for links.

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