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Financial inclusion & empowerment of women artisans Delhi, India

PROJECT OVERVIEW: This project based on Social Capital Credits (SoCCs) has empowered 350 women artisans in Delhi. It was conceptualized when brands working with these artisans started having complaints about the lack of adherence to deadlines and quality control. The craftswomen earn SoCCs for the timely completion and quality of the embroidery work. Holding the members professionally accountable for their production has helped increase wages and also improved working conditions. They also earn SoCCs for opening bank accounts to encourage savings habits, vaccinating their children to reduce infant mortality rates, and sending children to school regularly. Individuals may redeem SoCCs for LED lights for homes, tutoring services, and sanitary supplies to promote home cleanliness, while the community may redeem CommSoCCs for recreational activities and group insurance.

CATEGORY: Civil Society SETTING: UrbanĀ STATUS: On-Going

BY: Asia Initiatives

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: Currently, adult literacy projects are being organized for over 85 participants. The importance of hygiene and cleanliness was promoted door-to-door and street cleaning activities are also taken up by area members.

PARTNERS: Ruaab, a garment production cooperative owned and managed by craftswomen from the Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA) Bharat.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

geeta.mehta@asiainitiatives.org

WEBSITE

http://asiainitiatives.org/

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