So Why 'Shakti Man'?

 

Shakti - a Hindi word commonly used in India and Nepal: the divine force that manifests to restore balance.
 
Man - we opened our first bricks and mortar store on the beautiful Isle of Man in the British Isles in 2004. 
 
'Shakti Man' - well he's also a super hero in India (but we humans are all super heroes!)

 

Being a small part of "the divine force that manifests to restore balance" was such a big dream. At first we were eco warriors who wanted to ‘change everything’ as we saw many of the world’s systems causing problems, rather than offering solutions. Since our humble beginnings in 2002 trading on market stores and festivals around the UK, it was our mission to support and raise awareness for fair and sustainable trading solutions that have a positive impact on people, places and the way we all see and interact with our environment. 

 

The dream was to support communities that we loved, to be the bridge between east and west, where culture and diversity could be celebrated. In 2002 we started a small charity called 'Shakti Nepal' and our aim was to fund projects in Nepal that would support children and the environment. Our projects grew, and we found new and wonderful ways to reach out and share the celebration of connection. At first we sold Fair Trade goods on market stalls and at festivals, then finally in 2004 we opened our doors as a real shop on Ramsey highstreet, on the Isle of Man. Our customers seemed to love what we did - and 2 years later we moved next door into a bigger shop and diversified into eco and natural fibres. In 2016, we finally moved into 18 Parliament Street and diversified into a full eco store offering everything from food to cupboards! Our links around the world grew quickly as, believe it or not, the fair trade movement is actually quite small. We made new friends and began trading with more and more organisations that worked for the benefit of all. 

 

On a very auspicious day, we had a visit from a very inspiring lady..little did we know, but she was Jo Fairley, the founder of the first Fair Trade chocolate to hit major high streets in Britain and supermarkets nationwide, 'Green and Black's'. She had fun in Shakti Man and left saying 'Wow, this is the nicest fair trade shop in the British Isles, I wish it was on my doorstep!' We were just a bit chuffed!

 

All of our products have always been sourced fairly and responsibly. We have only dealt with companies who have 'fair for all' ethics and 'environmental sustainability' at the top of their agenda and our wonderful products come from skilled artisans all over the world. We have traded with real people, many of which have become our great friends - who create the very best of traditional art and craft. We travelled in India and Nepal for many years, and Shakti Man was born from those years, to honour people care, fair share and earth care, to be a simple celebration of culture, diversity and global awareness. Over the years, we developed enriching, long lasting and successful working relationships and were able to support many wonderful organisations, social and environmental projects and co-operatives. Fair Trade makes a powerful difference, helping to alleviate poverty in the world's most marginalised communities, and organic textiles - without the use of pesticides, fungicides and herbicides - are the only way forward for a clean planet. It's all quite simple really, we just need to do it. Everything could be produced to make a difference. Imagine that!

 

In 2021, in September, we made a move to put down roots in Devon, specifically wanting an alternative education journey for our little person, Dhanya who was 4. By the spring of the following year, we realised it was too difficult to remotely run a business that had grown so much, and made the big decision to close our bricks and mortar store, and to focus on our new life in Devon. We now have a very small range of products on this website, with of course possibilities for growth, and as we have always worked so far ahead with producers and orders, we still have wonderful treasures arriving right through until Christmas 2022...so please keep an eye out for additions each month. 

 

So right now we run a very tiny web store here at Shakti Man....it's a huge change, but focussing on motherhood is my life for the foreseeable future, what a blessing. Thank you for reading xxx

 

If you would like to connect, please contact us at info@shaktiman.co.uk.