Programme - Ekjut

Empowering Women

Livelihood for Women with Environment Sustainability

Jamghat's 15 years of experience has shown that livelihood opportunities for women can pave the way for a bright future for themselves and their children and families, addressing the economic aspects behind children running from their homes.

Jamghat and its long-term donor and partner iPartner India have developed a model to tackle the issues of environmental degradation and living conditions of women together. Jamghat runs a tailoring unit, Ekjut, at Jama Masjid that tackles the serious issue of plastic use by hiring street women to make cotton cloth bags, which are supported by a cloth manufacturing company in Mumbai under a 100% "buy-back" scheme. These carry bags of cotton are made by women tailoring assistants who otherwise would be begging on streets of Delhiā€™s urban slums or worse , get into exploitative sex work. Each bag sold allows people to avoid single-use plastic. Each bag sold also means a woman gets wages and eventually is empowered to live off the streets.

This model works as follows:

  • It successfully converts production waste from garment manufacturing operations into cotton cloth bags for shopping.
  • It trains women living in street conditions to stitch and tailor good quality cloth bags.
  • Tie up with garment manufacturing company, like Meemansa to buy-back the cotton carry-bags enables the women tailoring assistants to start earning immediately and the bags are then sold ahead to other retail entities by partners like Meemansa.
  • This way, there is no need for Jamghat to step into the domain of marketing and business and can continue to hone their capabilities as social work practitioners.