We welcome our new members to be a part of Fair Trade fraternity and join the movement for the people working in marginalized situations. We all join our hands with a commitment to stand for the people, craftsmen, artists who are behind our products. We are happy to announce that recently Gujarat State Women’s Sewa Cooperative Federation Ltd and Institute of Learning Culture and the Arts (ILCA) has become our member. Here we are sharing a brief about the both.
Gujarat State Women’s Sewa Cooperative Federation Ltd, based in Gujarat works with a vision to envisage economically weak women gaining livelihood by running professionally managed enterprises. Sewa Federation strives to re-create itself as a professionally – run service provider, equipped to bring low-cost, high quality advisory business services to poor women in Gujarat’s cooperative movement. It helps in organizing and encouraging the participation of self-employed but poor women or informal economy in the cooperative movement.
Gujarat State Women’s Sewa Cooperative provide need based training and technical support for the upliftment of members in the cooperatives It advocates policies at the state and central level to safe guard the interest of members.
Institute of Learning Culture and the Arts (ILCA) works with an objective to provide skill training, to underprivileged women in stitching and embroidery, so that they can work with dignity to supplement their income and support their children. The project also works with an objective to provide education, nutrition and healthcare to women of marginalized sections of society so can support their families.
They work with an objective to promote Fair Trade by ensuring that all beneficiaries are paid in accordance with the government’s minimum wages, that they work in congenial surroundings and are provided every opportunity to grow. The organisation provides support to the community by way of school, free food, medicines and skill development to these women.
ILCA has been built from the support of Samparpan Foundation, as associate oranisation. It further built on this support and created a successful pilot program for sustainable access to industry by its beneficiaries through its alliances. The organization follows the ten principles of Fair Trade.