Capacity building of grassroots women leaders to enhance their organizational capacities and lead the change within communities
Enabling women entrepreneurs and women-run collective social enterprises to become resilient beyond COVID-19
Organizing trade groups
During the pandemic-induced lockdown, the street vendors were unable to earn a living and as a consequence faced huge challenges in purchasing essential commodities or paying the rent.
They were not granted a vendor’s permit to sell their goods, were even chased away by the authorities on certain occasions when they reached the market. The convenor of SEWA Nagaland wrote an application to the Administrator of the Municipal Corporation, the Deputy Commissioner, and members of a local Youth Organisation to get the matter resolved.
Following this, more than 100 street vendors received official permits to sell their products. After the permits were distributed and the market arenas were assigned, other non-registered vendors came forward requesting the same. SEWA Nagaland also worked with the KMC in the local bazaars to ensure that all vendors were following the COVID guidelines such as maintaining social distancing, and not manipulating the price of products.
Major Advocacy initiatives
The Street Vendors Act was finally implemented in Nagaland in February 2019, following five years of local advocacy work with the government of Nagaland.
Around 14 SEWA members from 3 districts became part of the Town Vending Committee (TVC). They helped vendors get access to street vendors’ ID cards, credit linkages on the street vendors’ loans, attend the meetings and represent them during the TVC meetings.
Addressing Community Issues
The sub-centre at Tsupfume village remained non-functional for the longest period of time due to the lack of staff, thus making it difficult for the villagers to meet their healthcare needs.
The local aagewans brought this issue to the attention of the Village Council, who appointed two working staff at the sub-centre and ensured that the latter became operational.
SEWA Nagaland works on training grassroots women leaders who represent and lead their communities, thus acting as the last mile responder to address the issues faced by the informal women workers.
In order to promote diverse forms of livelihood among women, training sessions are held on mushroom farming, basket weaving, dish-washing detergent making, food processing at home, and pickle making for the members through its various networks and partners.
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SEWA Bharat is a non-profit organization established and registered in India under the Societies Registration Act, 1860, with the registration number GUJ/1027/Ahmedabad. It is also registered as a Public Trust under The Bombay Public Trusts Act, 1950, under the registration number F/989/Ahmedabad.