Established in 1988 to provide alternative incomes to women from rural, tribal and urban slum belts in in this city, located in a western Indian state. As these communities were not dependent on agriculture, handicraft was introduced to them, training them in Patchwork, Appliqué and Tanka embroidery skills, to help them to earn a secure living. The group continues to provide training to women artisans to improve their skills, a support network to them in their villages and a respectable position in their family and society.
Sustainability & Fair Trade Hand block printed Unbleached, unprocessed (kora) cotton fabric Eco-friendly, low impact Azo-free dyes Reusable – machine-washable Fair, steady income Artisan representation on board Workshops on legal aid, health, family planning, gender, team work and accounting offered Provident funds provided for retired members
Artisans receive professional skills training to develop handmade goods that are saleable in a contemporary market. Coming together as a community helps changes in attitude and mind-sets towards traditional customs like caste, marriage and thepurdah(veil.) Women artisans benefit from the community fund set up for women, by receiving instant loans and being educated on the benefits of saving.