A COMMUNITY INITIATIVE BY SHANTI SEVA NIDHI

Project 1000 is designed to engage rural women in fabrication activities aimed to enhance their creativity along with starting them on a journey of self employment. We intend for them to be able to have a degree of autonomy that can help them take their rightful and respectable place in society.

Our Approach

 

Recognition – There is an abundance of talent that is left unemployed in rural India. The birth of “Project 1000″ was mainly due to the recognition of this opportunity for community benefit. By encouraging skill development and creative activity, we are taking a step towards changing the economic narrative of the women from the hinterlands of Maharashtra.
 

 

Reinvent – Instead of spoon-feeding charity to the hinterlands, we believe in investing in them and their skillsets. However, the process doesn’t end there; after having attained mastery in knitting, they are educated in artistic trends in the global market. Our end goal is that they should be able to independently design and produce products which can compete at the international level. This is our “reinvented” definition of a community project.
 

 

Reinvent – Instead of spoon-feeding charity to the hinterlands, we believe in investing in them and their skillsets. However, the process doesn’t end there; after having attained mastery in knitting, they are educated in artistic trends in the global market. Our end goal is that they should be able to independently design and produce products which can compete at the international level. This is our “reinvented” definition of a community project.
Our Unique Points

 

Revival – In the modern day, we are surrounded by over-standardised products. With the increase in mechanisation, we have forgotten the charm and aesthetic handmade articles offer.  In light of this thought, we aim to revive the traditional art of weaving on wooden looms wherein prioritising human artistry and imperfection over mechanical meticulosity renders a unique charm to every product, making them exclusive to both, the weaver and the patron. Thus every article is piece of art and not a result of over standardisation.
 
 
 
Real – All products are made from 100% natural cotton, aligning with our goal of sustainability and eco-friendliness
Recycle – Additionally, all the yarn used for knitting is obtained from up-cycled factory waste.

OUR OBJECTIVE

  • To form a rural women’s collective and engage them in productive activity.
  • To run short monthly vocational training training batches to teach design, manufacturing and quality control.
  • To run soft skills development programs to compliment the vocational training.
  • To participate in various retail promotions which can provide them a sales platform.
  • To encourage corporates and individuals to utilise these products made by the rural women for gifting purposes, thereby indulging in Responsible Gifting.
  • To put them on a sustainable productive cycle of manufacturing and selling, thus starting them on a simple entrepreneurial path.
  • To have regular knowledge upgradation workshops.
  • To generate a positive impact in the lives of multiple rural women.
  • To encourage the use of 100% cotton shopping bags and other sustainable eco-friendly items, thereby discouraging single use plastic, contributing towards climate protection and more importantly, encouraging the Indian cotton farmers.
  • To form a rural women’s collective and engage them in productive activity.
  • To run short monthly vocational training training batches to teach design, manufacturing and quality control.
  • To run soft skills development programs to compliment the vocational training.
  • To participate in various retail promotions which can provide them a sales platform.
  • To encourage corporates and individuals to utilise these products made by the rural women for gifting purposes, thereby indulging in Responsible Gifting.
  • To put them on a sustainable productive cycle of manufacturing and selling, thus starting them on a simple entrepreneurial path.
  • To have regular knowledge upgradation workshops.
  • To generate a positive impact in the lives of multiple rural women.
  • To encourage the use of 100% cotton shopping bags and other sustainable eco-friendly items, thereby discouraging single use plastic, contributing towards climate protection and more importantly, encouraging the Indian cotton farmers.

HEAR IT FROM OUR TEAM

FORMS OF INTERVENTION

 

  • Project 1000 team is engaged with the batches of rural women from 10:00 am to 5:30pm Monday to Saturday at their workshop in Murbad village.
  • Project 1000 mentors and guides are physically present and engaged in training activities every day at the workshop in order to train and counsel the women.
  • Project 1000 supports every woman for 6 months wherein, they become part of the woman self help co-operative and a minimum remuneration of RS 7000/- per month is paid to them against the articles they produce. A mandatory 24 day working month instils discipline.
  • Project 1000 team facilitates marketing and sales of the products by participating in fairs, trade shows and events. We have also set up an ONLINE sales network to further facilitate product sales. This is done through social media and other E-Marketing platforms like Amazon, Flipkart, GEMs etc.
  • Project 1000 team will connect with corporates and event managers to promote the articles as corporate gifting options and to promote bulk gifting options.
  • Project 1000 is a perfect opportunity for students to volunteer with, and lead activities like marketing, fund raising, product development, conduct training programs, and much more.

EXPECTED RESULTS

The main idea behind PROJECT 1000 is to encourage weaker sections of the rural female community to utilise their latent talent and become gainfully employed. Develop unique and creative articles which can be sold in the market to help them earn a decent living. This is an important step towards sustainable economic upliftment of the rural communities which reflects in the core values practiced at SHANTI SEVA NIDHI.

 

We look forward to YOUR Participation, to help us accomplish our vision in the upliftment of rural women from the hinterlands of Maharashtra, who have stepped out from their comfort zones for the first time to become financially independent and attain a respectable degree of autonomy which they deserve.