Financial Independence Through Collectivization

Anju ben had associated knitting, stitching and crochet work as a leisure activity all her life. She got associated with SEWA in 2008 and gradually realized the value of her craft when she met other women bunai artisans who were making use of their skills to become financially independent.Anju ben’s entrepreneurial journey started by selling small crochet and bunai pieces as per demand, and she slowly started getting more orders through SEWA. She also participated in skill-development trainings with other bens, where she learned to make woolen toys, and soon mastered that art. The pandemic affected her business to a great extent. Her husband’s work was equally hampered. But Anju ben didn’t lose hope. She joined hands with other women artisans from the region and is now working closely with 25 of them.