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Earth Day celebrations at CRC

Like every year, CRCians chose to be ‘powerless’ for two hours on Earth Day 22 April! From planting Fair Tree to saving water to going paperlow(we aim to go paperless though), we have done it all, always, says CRC team. The office turned off air conditioners, switched off lights and took no print-outs. We will… Continue reading Earth Day celebrations at CRC

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Members at ‘Kala Ghoda Festival 2016’

FTF-I members, Gramin Vikas Evam Chetna Sansthan and Purkal Stree Shakti Samiti participated in the ‘Kala Ghoda Art Festival 2016’ held at Mumbai from 06th to 09th February, 2016.

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Very beautiful appliqué work designed by women artisans’ of Barmer, was displayed in the festival. Quilt work by the women of Purkal was showcased.

Change Agents !

Our Agent For Change: Irani Sen

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Irani Sen, Craft Resource Center

With a good school bag and a family background, Irani was dreaming to be a scientist pursuing Physics as a Major when an early arranged marriage brought a sudden end to her dreams. Fifty years ago when social situation was extremely conservative, the bad marriage brought her down the streets.

With nothing but herself- not even her very young son, armed with her self-dignity and many skills in working with both hands, Irani decided to fight all odds and get on her own feet. She began working closely with late Subhashini Kohli, she helped Sarba Shanti Ayog at its initial stage get strong on producer and product base.

Then she moved on and started working as an international consultant to INGOs, BINGOs and FTOs. Her focus has always been helping women to be economically self-sufficient. Her own personal experience taught her that a woman can only have her identity and independence if she is economically self-sufficient. Helping women to produce beautiful handicrafts, to have their own poultry, piggery, kitchen garden to handmade fishing net, she has done it all! During the same period she single handedly fought the court battle for divorce and won it after seven years! She was the first client of Socio Legal Aid Research Aid and Training Centre and she is ever grateful to its Director, Manabendra Mondal.

In the late 80s from an assignment from Swiss Development Corporation, Craft Resource Center was born. An organisation which started from one and a half personnel and two producers, is a totally self sufficient after 26 years today with a turnover of two million dollars. She always believes that a human life needs three basic support- income, health and education and in that order. “If you show the people how to get a secured income you can motivate them to take care of their health and education. I believe that any social change that we wish to bring in must come from the bottom to the top and not the reverse”- signs off Irani.

#WomenForChange

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Sabala Handicrafts organises ‘Kala Sante’

Sabala Handicrafts celebrated a craft and culture festival ‘Kala Sante’ from 25th to 29th November, 2015 at Sabala Campus, Vijayapur (Bijapur), Karnataka.

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The event included craft participants from over 12 states, and visitors enjoyed dance, music and drama performances also. The event showcased a variety of culture and connected the buyers and producers. Sabala empowers over 450 women from 20 different tribal groups in Bijapur, India.

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Rajasthan CM visits GVCS

Honourable Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Smt Vasundhra Raje Scindia, visited Gramin Vikas Chetna Santhan on October 23, 2015 at GVCS Campus, Barmer. During her visit to the organization she met with the women artisans of Concern India foundation project and discussed about the appliqué/embroidery craft work.

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Women artisans along with the President of GVCS informed and made CM aware about the problem they face in the craft work. Women told and discussed the problems they face for their livelihood.

Smt Raje was very delighted to meet the women artisans and she spent a quality time with the team of GVCS as well. She also assured these women that the problems which they are facing for their livelihood will be solved soon. She will look into the matter and supported the craft work for a better India.

To encourage these women artisans she also purchased some products made by these artisans. Women artisans informed and shared with her the process of preparing the products from raw material to the final output. It was a great get together of the artisan, team and the state Chief Minister.

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The event was conducted in the presence of GVCS President, Mrs Ruma Devi, Secretary Mr Vikram Singh Chaudhary and other enthusiastic staff members.

Core Activities: GVCS is working on a large scale with embroidery and applique artisans in Barmer and Jaisalmer districts of Rajasthan. They are actively engaged with more than 3000 women artisans and have been able to generate continuous employment for them through creating a market for their products.
The women GVCS works, reside in remote areas of the arid Thar Desert which have remained under developed due to their harsh terrain. Apart from the lack of infrastructure, the main problem in the area is the restrictive ‘Pardah’ system and lack of education.

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Now products of ‘Sadhna’ are a click away

Sadhna’, A Women’s Handicraft Enterprise and member of FTF-I working with the rural, tribal, urban slum women of Udaipur providing work opportunities to almost 700 women of that area have taken a great step for the consumers. Sadhna has recently launched an online store to make shopping easier for the customers.

Now the products made by these women can be purchased online with the easiest payment mode for the convenience of the customers. With the complete support and response from the buyers Sadhna has taken this step to make things easy from customers end and to fulfill the present day demand.

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Sadhna’s artisans create exquisite and exceptional textile products with their signature handwork and appliqué kurta, saarees, home furnishing and accessories. All the products sold by Sadhna hold the authentic ‘Craftmark’ certification.

Sadhna was started operating in 1988 with 15 women, and today Sadhna has proudly become a family of 700 members. There are 49 groups with 10-20 members in each group, which are spread over 16 different locations in the city. Sadhna continuously organizes training sessions for the women artisans to improve their skills and support them in the state of Rajasthan.

Sadhna is a WFTO certified member as well.