This artisan group began over forty years ago as a small-scale, income generating project, aimed at training women from slum communities, many facing domestic violence who had no formal education to equip them with locally marketable skills. The project blossomed into a multifaceted, well-established program that has far-reaching impacts. This group employs over 200 women. Many of these women work in production groups, such as the block printing and tailoring units. Artisans and staff receive a number of benefits. The group provides access to medical practitioners who volunteer their time and expertise. Women have access to safe and reliable childcare, operated by skilled staff. The artisan group also runs a number of training programs for women to learn other skills such as nursing, teaching, and, additional craft skills. They also help artisans get benefits, specifically designed to be available to them by the state. These include health insurance, life insurance, and saving schemes. An elected board makes decisions about future possibilities for the artisan group.
Sustainability & Fair Trade
Hand Block printed
Unbleached, unprocessed (Kora) cotton fabric
Eco-friendly, low impact Azo-free dyes
Reusable - machine washable
Fair, steady income
Healthy and safe working conditions
Employing urban slum women, irrespective of caste, age or religion
Providing financial and technical assistance
This artisan group helps women to earn income through both skill trainings and employment opportunities. Women gain access to resources and a network of support to work with to resist marginalization. These factors can result in women occupying different social positions and taking on different roles that aim to positively affect their communities and families.