Grassroot Rural Artisan Movement (GRAM)

Grassroot Rural Artisan Movement aimed at bringing the unutilized rural hands into the organized labour force of livelihood opportunities. This project was undertaken by Maharashtra State Innovation Society (MSIS) where Tisser India acted as a facilitation body for market linkages, capacity building, and production.

During the course of the program, we mobilized rural poor and vulnerable into self-managed federated institutions and support them for livelihood collectives. As a result of our joint efforts, we mobilized 252 women and trained 5 sessions cluster with women making an earning from 3k to 10k on an average, per month.

One of the biggest highlights of this project was the tech intervention with ‘Know your Product, Know your artisan’, where a QR core brings the product to life. With different art forms like Terracotta, Warli, Tussar and silk in clusters of Raigad, Ratnagiri, Palghar and Bhandara we not only trained women but gave them market exposure.

Women Artisan Skill Enhancement Project (WASEP)

The ‘Women Artisan Skill Enhancement Project’ serves the purpose of bringing the marginalized communities to Maharashtra to upskill via the revival of Warli painting. The project was funded by Larsen & Turbo Infotech and implemented by UNDP (United nations development Programme) and FUEL (Friends Union for Energizing Lives)

Through the course of the project, artisans were reached out in Mumbai and Thane for the purpose of skilling, training was facilitated to start their own business and a sustainable economic ecosystem was created.

As a result, we not just had a changed landscape for women in rural clusters of Aarey, Ansoli, Thane, Chunapada, Tumnipada , but an increase of income and artist mobilization of 503 women. Also, great many products in Warli painted clothes, Warli Painting, Warli Home décor etc were produced.

Mahila Arthik Vikas Maha Madal (MAVIM)

Mahila Arthik Vikas Maha Madal (MAVIM) Project, in a collaborative effort with Tisser India, conducted skill development training programs in tailoring in the community stitching center in Nagpur, Maharashtra. It also developed market linkage opportunities for products produced by women artisans.

During the course of the project, mobilization of 50 women took place where the infrastructure, training hours and raw materials were facilitated by MAVIM. By the end of the project, women earned stipend for a skill they acquired, received certification and created products. 

Such project impacts the sustenance of women in rural communities who come from disadvantaged communities. They become empowered not just by finances but by the network, the vocational training, and more opportunities they create for themselves.

Tata Power Community Development Trust (TPCDT)

Tata Power Community Development Trust is key in uplifting the local community with skill intervention. Tisser India facilitated the same for fair trade and marketing and sale of products produced by women and farmers on the respective platforms. TIsser India acted as an end-to-end supporter from designing to the marketing of products. 

During the course of the project, market linkage of products produced by women and farmers with initiatives like Anikha Dhaaga, Samriddhi &Saheli World, the promotion and preservation of local business took place and earning and skilling opportunities of women and farmer groups were explored to its fullest.

Pidilite Toy Project

In this project with Pidilite, we brought together the handloom and stitching units with the novelty of making fabric toys with the women artisans. Tisser India facilitated two workshops to teach fabric toys making to women artisans, in order to generate a steady income in the region of Kalsar, Gujarat. 

During the course of the project, 32 women were taught a range of toys which included Sparrow, Fish, Beetle, Mouse, Goat, Cow, Elephant, Crocodile, Cow etc. This project brought in forth the factor of sustainable fabric toys in the market, which is heavily consumed by synthetic and fur toys.

Save The Children Project

The Save The Children NGO came in collaboration with Tisser India to empower the women in Self-help groups for different market skills which are required to sustain their livelihood. Carried in the Bhandup district of Mumbai, it connected various production centers with entrepreneurship avenues.

During the course of the project, women were made aware of the management of Self-Help groups, taught the craft of stitching, networked into the pool of production centres and were made to stick to the commercial commitments of a unit. 

By the completion of the project, we had women we were now confident to take up economic activities for steady income generation in a group enterprise. It is initiatives like these which transform the opportunities for women in our country.

Project Revival with Samhita

Samhita is a coming-of-the-age organization which does not believe in new normal but better normal with business responsibility and brand purpose.

 In this collaboration Samhita came together with Tisser India to support the vulnerable stakeholders to recover from Covid-19 crisis. Lockdown had an impact on the business and the mobilization, production and ease of business in the heart of the covid-19 pandemic in Maharashtra. An Initiative like the innovative solution of returnable grant for social change secures the change we want to bring in sustaining livelihood of rural communities. 

Commencing in 2021, this project aims at building resilience of stakeholders like suppliers, retailers, contract workers, producers and employees, strengthen the supply chain and address the livelihood crisis.

Kosala Livelihood and Social Foundation

The purpose of the project is to promote and develop Kosa silk related sericulture and weaving activities in the cluster to support and improve the livelihood of the Beneficiariesengaged in Kosa silk related activities, in some form or the other by creating a sustainable ecosystem and thereby improving the socio-economic condition

No of Beneficiaries-200

Art Form–Tussar Fabric and products from Tussar Yarn

Geography–Chhatisgarh