Indian handicrafts are magic and generate income

by Grassroots Empowerment Initiative Vetted since 2018 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit

Summary

We want to empower at least 80 seamstresses from villages in rural Rajasthan to market their handicrafts more effectively by improving quality and increasing efficiency. We also plan to reach a further 80 -100 seamstresses over the coming year. By 2020 we want to establish a women led and owned textile production cooperative.

$7,500
total goal
$2,364
remaining
22
donors
0
monthly donors
6
months

Challenge

This is a livelihood project in Tijara, Rajasthan for village women with few opportunities for income to pay for schooling and family health care as well as other family needs. The population is 70% Meos (a form of Islam), 20% Hindus, and 10% resettled Sikhs. The area is known as a difficult place to work. The Meo community in particular disadvantages women by giving them few choices about their way of living. It has already increased their status but must be more sustainable long term.

Solution

Already we have trained 200 women in textile production so they can earn independent income, have improved their status and can make individual choices about actions. About 80 are now organised in 8 well equipped production centres but more equipment is needed for speedier production. Now we want to upgrade their skills and understanding of business needs, sustainability and marketing so they are ready to contribute to a new, more streamlined and effective approach to textile production.

Long-Term Impact

In 5 years' time, we want to have a long term profitable social enterprise in place, which raises regular income for the women through the production of high-quality textile items that can be sold profitably in Indian and foreign markets. At least 500 women will benefit from this company directly, with more than 10,000 indirectly though the influence of these women on their families and communities.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

https:/​/​www.gen-initiative.org
http:/​/​www.endpoverty.org.in/​

Organization Information

Grassroots Empowerment Initiative

Location: London - United Kingdom
Website: https:/​/​www.gen-initiative.org
Facebook: Facebook Page
Project Leader:
Sue Burke
London, United Kingdom

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