- Provides full-time employment to 15 people
- Provides part-time employment to 80-100 people
- Employs 20-30 women, full and part-time
In addition to the salary, benefits such as provident fund with a retirement pension, medical insurance, 21 days annual paid leaves and Ex-gratia payment(bonus) is given once a year to the employees. Some of their current employees have been with them since 2001!
“I came here as a hardgoods artisan. I then learned how to make leather bags and accessories. The growth has been good, and I now have children and my own house. I’ve learned a lot here. I joined in 2007 and initially, I was trained under many different artisans. I became more creative and my capabilities increased with time. Today I feel like I can make anything. It is fun to do all this.” -Mumtaz
- Works with 20 individual artisan groups across India
- Provides work for 510 artisans
Apart from providing livelihood by producing handmade products, support is also provided through community development actions. Financial support is put towards individuals in the community starting businesses like starting a confectionery shop, vegetable-fruit selling, a tailoring unit, a beauty parlor, and more.
They began in the early seventies with the objective of creating avenues of economic growth for economically disadvantaged artisans and craftsmen of Delhi and its surrounding areas in the un-organized home‐based sector. Encouraged by its initial success the project gradually extended its socio/economic and trade reform activities to the adjoining states, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan in Northern India. From day one, they have actively engaged in providing support services to the production and marketing of handicrafts on Fair Trade Principles, while addressing community developmental needs of the grassroots craft persons by imparting, general awareness, Human Rights, vocational and informal education for the human dignity.