Social & Economic Development Projects

Free Eye check-up camp and distribution of spectacles...

SETU is committed to provide access to quality healthcare to its associated artisan groups. To achieve this goal, we conduct health camps at regular intervals. In the series, we organised an eye check-up camp for our partner artisan group, ‘SURE’ , an NGO based in Barmer, Rajasthan. The camp was conducted for a period of four days starting from 24th June to 27th June 2019. It was organised in four remote villages near Chohtan and a large number of artisans showed up at the camp. Read More

Celebrating World Environment Day.. Supporting Green Processes by underprivileged artisan groups..

SETU is committed to support ecofriendly products and processes. For this, we support & encourage artisan groups to manufacture products using recyclable & sustainable raw materials and thus contribute towards reducing our carbon footprints. One such group is a women's Self Help Group based near Bharatpur, Rajasthan. SETU has trained these women to create beautiful bags, multipurpose doormats, rugs and baskets from used textiles & saree fabrics, jute and worn out cloth rags. We provide a marketing platform to the group for …Read More

Installation of saw-dust control systems for wood carving artisans… Another initiative towards ensuring artisan health & safety…12

SETU is committed to improve the working conditions and processes of our partner artisans. Ensuring artisan health & safety is one of our primary objectives. And for this, we schedule regular team visits to our associated groups. Last year, in the month of December-18, SETU team (including our CEO Rashmi Dhariwal) visited one of our partner artisan groups engaged in making a varied range of wooden products. We discussed the workplace conditions and any issues of concern faced by the group. It was found that they were in urgent need of … Read More

Infrastructural support to the wood carving artisans..

As part of the artisan development program, SETU team visited our wood carving partner artisan group based near Bijnor, (U.P.) in the month of December 2018. The group is associated with us since many years and is engaged in making hand carved wooden products. Earlier, we had conducted skill upgradation workshop for the young artisans of the group, thus helping them becoming self-employed so that they can support their families. Upon visiting, SETU team interacted with the artisans working with the group. Upon interaction, it came to light … Read More

Providing Infrastructural support to the wood carving artisans..

With an objective to support the underprivileged artisan groups by providing them with required infrastructure & reduce artisan drudgery, SETU team had visited its wood carving artisan group based inU.P. in April 2018. Upon interacting with artisans & assessing the work place, it was found that artisans lacked the basic infrastructure like work shed, machinery & tools & even a storage place to safekeep the finished products. They had to work in open, without adequate tools & their finished goods were prone to damage by … Read More

Celebrating International Women’s Day..

With an objective to create awareness and educate the rural women artisans about the sensitive issue of keeping personal hygiene during the monthly menstrual cycle, an awareness workshop was organized by SETU Society on the apt occasion of women's day. The topic is very sensitive in Indian society and equally important like any other women related issue, be it women's education or health. However, it has not been given due attention because of the natural shyness & associated taboos about the same in public. It's high time now that we …Read More

Awareness workshop for Designers towards achieving sustainability

To bring about a positive change in the Society for long term, involvement of the youth & upcoming generation is very important. These are the future torch bearers and can contribute towards the betterment of people & planet in a revolutionary way, if guided along with their education years. Designers can play a very important role in our society. And so, to address the Final year students of B. Des, SETU team visited Banasthali Vidyapeeth, a renowned educational University since 1935. The institute is known for its quality of … Read More

Providing machinery support to the jewelry making artisans, thus increasing their productivity & quality..

The craftsmanship of Indian artisans in making beautiful pieces of jewelry is acknowledged worldwide. Also, because Indian men and women are so fond of adorning themselves with ornaments which makes the art of jewelry designing and producing, our forte. The artisans engaged in the production of silver jewelry belong majorly to west Bengal. With the changing scenario in modern times, these people are forced to migrate to other urban cities in search of more lucrative & sustainable jobs. Many such migrated artisans can be found in cities like …Read More

Tailoring centre for underprivileged women artisans.. Another step towards promoting self-sustainability …

With the objective of providing self-employment opportunities to the underprivileged women artisans, a training centre was started at the Sanjay Nagar slum area of Jaipur, about 4 months back. A lot of women here have already learnt various skills & are able to produce bags, buntings and a range of other home decor items. Looking at the interest of many women & to add more skill sets, a tailoring set-up was also extended at the Training Centre. The objective was to train those who are new to this work but want to learn the basics of … Read More

Providing Infrastructural aid to Jewellery making Artisan Group….

SETU works with a number of artisan groups based in diverse parts of the country. Many of the artisans working in these groups come from lower income strata of the society and need help and support in a range of issues related to their work and family. One such artisan group, based in Wazirabad, is working with us for the last five years. The female artisans are skilled in doing beautiful embroidery work, creating ornaments, jewelry, painting, sewing etc. However, the male artisans do the heavy duty work with metals and metallic surfaces. The …Read More

SETU Training Centre for underprivileged women artisans

SETU has been working towards the development of skill sets among the women artisans, thus empowering them to create a sustainable and dignified living for themselves. With this objective, a training center was started in the urban slum areas of Jaipur on 17th of October 2018. The objective of starting the center in the slum area came out of the idea that majority of the women reside here and having the center in the vicinity makes it convenient for them to participate. It is a multi-skill center, with expert trainers being appointed for … Read More

Workshop on World Fair Trade day

On the occasion of world Fair Trade day, SETU conducted a workshop spreading awareness about the concept of Fair Trade and its importance in today's world. The session was organized at Chomu village, Jaipur, Rajasthan. The program started with an introduction on the basic Fair Trade model of doing business. How it is an artisan friendly concept and what are its implications in today's fast paced world. The ten principles of Fair Trade were also discussed. It was explained what the artisans' rights are & what they should ask for. SETU … Read More

Skill up gradation workshop for silver jewellery artisans

With an objective to constantly upgrade the skill sets of artisans, Kallista designs in association with SETU Society, organised a skill up-gradation workshop for the silver jewelry artisans at Jaipur. These artisans are working with us since a long time and we have supported them in multiple ways, like: by providing monetary help in purchasing raw material for jewellery, by sponsoring advanced machinery for finishing and cleaning during the jewellery making process, Design support etc. To help them earn sustainable livelihood, Kallista also … Read More

International Women’s Day at SETU..

On the occasion of International Women's Day, SETU organized a five-days' workshop on Product Design and Skill upgradation for women artisans at Chohtan village near Barmer, Rajasthan. The workshop was conducted from 8th March to 13th March, in association with our partner artisan group SURE . A total of 40 women from the nearby villages of Navatala, Binjrad and Bidhani attended the session held in the Chohtan campus. The Program started with a discussion on the status of women …Read More

Infrastructural Aid to Blue Pottery Artisans… Reducing artisan drudgery , improving work & process efficiencies

One of the major objective of SETU's work spectrum is to help artisans improve their working conditions & work processes. The main motive is also to reduce human drudgery, & improve process efficiencies. There is also a need to optimize raw material & fuel consumptions & improve quality. These parameters are important to achieve all 3 aspects of sustainability, viz economic, environmental & human/social. SETU has been working with blue pottery artisans, based near Jaipur (Rajasthan) since past three years. SETU is always … Read More

Providing advanced machinery & fostering Market Readiness… an endeavor of SETU/ Kallista to uplift the Silver Jewelry artisans..

Since ages, different forms of craft work have been practiced in India and widely appreciated across borders. This is true for Indian silver jewelry & artifacts as well.. Indian men and women have an unmatched inclination towards gold and silver jewelry. Gold & silver are also passed on from generation to generation as heirloom collection! However, with the changing times, people indulged in jewelry making as their ancestral businesses are now shifting to new job avenues in search for better monetary gains. Here, we are talking about … Read More

Livelihood Training Workshop for the women Artisans..

Women empowerment is one of the foremost objectives of SETU. Making women literate & financially independent are the two main pillars that make them empowered in real sense. To achieve the mission, SETU has been running a literacy centre at Govind Garh, Rajasthan for the illiterate women in that locality. To take the women towards the next step of self-reliance, SETU conducted a livelihood training workshop for them. The objective was to develop necessary craft skills & inculcate self employment opportunities among the artisan … Read More

Providing quality healthcare services to the artisans ..Health is their most precious asset!

Health and Eye checkup Camp & distribution of spectacles for the wood carving artisans.. Date: 24th September, 2017 SETU strives towards making healthcare accessible to the artisans and in this effort, regularly conducts health camps for the under-privileged artisan groups associated with us. In the series, a full-day health and eye checkup camp was organized for the wood carving artisans on 24th September 2017, in a small town near Bijnor, UP. The region is inhabited by predominantly artisans and their families engaged in wood …Read More

Literacy Programme for the uneducated women artisans… (SETU’s 6th literacy centre…Another women empowerment initiative..)

With the objective to increase literacy rate amongst the artisan community, specifically the women artisans, literacy programmes are being continuously designed and implemented by SETU Society. In the series, Literacy classes were organised for the uneducated women artisans of Govind Garh, Rajasthan. This is a small village, about 60 kms from Jaipur. This is the 6th literacy program that has been organized by SETU. ( 5 such earlier programs have successfully completed their span of 1 to 2 years). To support the family income, women of the … Read More

Product Design and development Workshop for the Paper-Mache Artisans, Srinagar(J&K)

A Product designing and skill development workshop was organized for our Paper Mache artisans, based at Srinagar, Kashmir. The Group is engaged in making beautiful and unique artifacts from recycled paper, which are then hand painted in fine traditional & modern designs. The objective of the one month long training program was to engage underprivileged women in the craft so as to open livelihood opportunities for them. Also, it aimed to improve the designing skills of artisans and make them aware of the current product design trends … Read More

Celebrating World Fair Trade Day..

World Fair Trade Day takes place on the second Saturday of May each year to bring together the fair trade movement in a global day of activation for real change. It is an inclusive worldwide festival of events celebrating fair trade's contribution to the fight against poverty, exploitation, and climate change. To celebrate the day, SETU organized an awareness workshop to increase understanding about the Fair Trade & ethical business concept among Blue Pottery artisans. SETU has been associated with these artisans for over a year. … Read More

Free Eye Check-up Camp and distribution of spectacles..

To make healthcare accessible to the underprivileged artisan groups, SETU organised a seven day long Free Eye Check up Camp for the artisans of our Godavari Women Lace Artisans Co-op Society (GWLACC) based in Narsapur, Andhra Pradesh. The venue for the camp was Vijaylakshmi Eye Hospital, Narsapur. The artisan group is associated with SETU for many years and makes unique crochet lace products. It is the main source of income for the artisan families due to lack of employment opportunities in the area and for this reason people are migrating Read More

Celebrating World Earth Day at SETU..

Earth Day is observed every year on April 22nd worldwide. Various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, more than 193 countries are now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network. At SETU, we celebrated the day in association with one of our partner artisan groups engaged in hand printing & dyeing work. The group is working with SETU for the past many years and is based at Jodhpur, Rajasthan. The artisans make beautiful designs in block print & shibori on cotton & silk … Read More

Tailoring Centre for the women artisans

To achieve the long term objective of empowering the women artisans by making them proficient in skill based work, SETU opened a tailoring centre at Malikpur Dhani. The women artisans are associated with SETU for the past many years and earlier have also been part of our learning initiatives project for the elderly, where the women have successfully learnt how to read & write. To achieve women empowerment in true sense, our next step was to make them self-sustainable. SETU has already been training them for doing hand 'kantha' stitching …Read More

International Women’s Day at SETU

One of SETU's biggest mission is to strive for women empowerment. To achieve this objective, we at SETU are constantly working towards introducing the women artisans to skill based employment avenues so that they can support their families financially and thus have an equal say in the society. To increase awareness on the subject, on the occasion of women's day, a workshop was organised by SETU for the women artisans of JSS Rajivika Self Help Group, Rajasthan. SETU has been working with these women for almost two years. It is an all women … Read More

Design and Skill Upgradation Workshop for the tribal artisans of Odisha..

In the present times, a lot of the illiterate youth is moving to urban areas in search of employment and many end up living a life in slums, frustration & crime. Being unskilled, they do not have interest in practicing the traditional craft forms and thus they do not have any direction as to how to earn a decent livelihood and live a respectful life. There are a few tribal communities in Odisha where the craft and skill of making ethnic tribal jewelry is still alive amongst the local artisans but they need to upgrade their designs & …Read More

Celebrating Fair Trade Month at SETU….

The month of October is celebrated worldwide by Fair Traders as the Fair Trade Month. SETU always tries to conduct some special & meaningful activity to mark the occasion. This time we conducted a series of skill development training programs for our underprivileged women artisans engaged in making upcycled products. The week long Training Program started from 16th of October and was organized in Jaipur for the under privileged women. These women live in slums, belong to male dominated, traditional households and are not permitted to go … Read More

Establishing two new Education centres for the illiterate women artisans..

SETU works for the upliftment and holistic empowerment of the underprivileged and downtrodden sections of the society, focussing especially on the disadvantaged women artisans. Many women have to deal with poverty and social stigma, and are still unable to break the vicious cycle as they are illiterate and lack awareness about their rights and options. SETU develops vocational skills among such women to enable them earn livelihood for themselves & their families. To further make them aware and confident, there is a need to make them …Read More

Installing Dust control systems for the jewellery making artisans… Ensuring artisan health & safety..

dust-removal-project-1 At SETU, we believe in ensuring a safe, healthy and eco-friendly working environment for our partner artisans. This is very essential as the quality of environment in which the artisans work, directly & indirectly impacts their health. The craft work sometimes create dust and smoke that may have an adverse affect on the health of the artisans. Similar scenario was observed when SETU team visited our bone jewellery making artisan group near Moradabad. These artisans make jewellery & other decoratives from bones & horn procured … Read More

Skill Up-gradation & Training Workshop on Batik hand printing for the underprivileged women artisans of Bhuj..

With an objective of upgrading the skills of artisans, specially underprivileged women, so as to enable them earn sustainable livelihood for themselves, a workshop for a duration of one month is being conducted by SETU, starting from 15th of july 2016 at Mandavi Bhuj. The beneficiaries of the training Programme are women artisans engaged in making Bandhani crafts . These artisans are local craftsmen based in Bhuj and are associated with our partner NGO VRDI . SETU is associated with them for the past many years. The workshop was organised on … Read More

Providing Infrastructural aid to the copper Bell Making artisans in Kutch…

In addition to the socio-economic aspects, SETU also strives to ensure healthy & comfortable working conditions for the artisans. A lot of artisans still endure harsh working conditions due to lack of suitable resources and infrastructure. With our process of need identification, regular visits and continuous interaction with artisans, SETU tries to identify such deficiencies and initiate suitable projects. And thus, during one of our team's visit to Kutch, it was observed that some of the bell making artisans have to work in the open, with … Read More

Tailoring and Designing skills workshop for underprivileged women..

With a view to promote sustainable livelihood opportunities, SETU conducted a 15 day long tailoring and designing workshop for the underprivileged women at Wazirabad. The training programme started on 5th of May and continued till 20th May 2016. The women involved belonged mostly to minority communities with male dominating environment. Many of the participating girls and women artisans in the workshop were sole breadwinners of the family and needed financial support. The objective of the workshop was to make the women artisans proficient … Read More

Community Mobilization and Environmental Awareness Program on the Occasion of World Earth Day..

Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22. On this day, events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in the year 1970, and is now observed in more than 193 countries every year. SETU marked the occasion by conducting a Community mobilization and Environmental Awareness Program on this day. Read More

Free Eye Check-up Camp and distribution of eye-glasses for the jewellery making artisans..

SETU organised a three day long, free eye check up camp for the jewellery making artisans. Based at New Delhi, the artisan community is specially deft in fine carving skills in bone & metal. Jewellery making is the main source of livelihood for them. They have been associated with SETU for the past many years. Jewellery making is a craft which requires attention to minute details and thus good eyesight. Eyes need to stay focussed during the work and in case of any ailments, it becomes difficult for the artisans to cope-up. Read More

Women Empowerment initiative – Providing Livelihood skills to the underprivileged women, at Milakpur Dhani & Kaladera, Chomu..

To achieve women empowerment in the true sense, women need to be equipped with 2 main things: basic education & financial self-sustainability. There are many underprivileged women who are not only illiterate, but also do not have any livelihood skills. Such women lack self-confidence and are usually the most prone to social exploitation and male dominance, with little or no say even in their immediate family matters. They are unaware of their rights and have no way out of the vicious situation they are stuck in. To help these women come … Read More

Workshop on women’s rights & Free distribution of Solar Lanterns…..

International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8 every year. SETU celebrated the occasion with the underprivileged women artisan community of Barmer, Rajasthan engaged in embroidery and appliqué work. SETU is associated with the artisan community since past many years. The artisans of the region are facing an acute shortage of electricity which is hampering their quality of life. Many homes do not have electricity and where power is available, the power cuts are quite frequent and the artisans have to carry out craft work and their … Read More

Livelihood Training Program for the women from Tailoring community

SETU carries out skill based community development programs and workshops for the artisan community on a timely basis. These skill based programs help the artisans in shaping their skills and exploring new avenues of employment. The programs are specially designed for the women artisans so that they can be breadwinners for their families or contribute to the family income. In the series, a seven day workshop, providing self employment opportunities to the women from the tailoring community associated with SETU was organized at Gajsingh Pura, … Read More

Training Workshop for teachers at Women Literacy centres of Gajsingh Pura, Milakpur Dhani & Kaladera, Chomu, Jaipur, Rajasthan..

With it's long term objective to make the artisans and their families educated, specially women, SETU has been running 3 literacy programmes. These have been specially designed for the illiterate women from the artisan communities. Two centres were started in November 2014 ; at Gajsingh Pura, and Kaladera, near Jaipur, Rajasthan. Besides providing primary education to the artisans so as to help them read & write, the aim of the training programme was to make them confident, aware & eligible for various Government schemes & small … Read More

Education Centre at Milakpur Dhani for the women artisans

With the objective of making underprivileged women self sustainable and spreading awareness on the importance of education, SETU has been running 2 education centres for the women, especially focussing on adult education i.e., providing education to the illiterate women in the age group of 18- 50 years. Both the centres have been successfully running since over a year and the participants have benefitted greatly and are able to read & write, even getting jobs! In the series, another literacy centre has been started for the kantha stitching … Read More

Skill Development Workshop on Soy candle making for the Differently Abled Artisans

SETU believes in self sustainable growth of the artisan community and provides self employment opportunities to the underprivileged and downtrodden sections of the society. Handmade products have a large potential, requires less investment and offers infinite self employment as well as job opportunities. Special needs people with disabilities and persons with weak mental strength can also create handmade products beautifully and can support themselves & their families financially. With this objective of promoting employment avenues … Read More

Fair Trade Awareness Workshop.. Celebrating Fair Trade Month.. :)

Every year, the month of October is celebrated as the Fair Trade Month.. It's an extremely special time of the year when Fair Traders across the globe carry out activities to mark the occasion. To observe the day, SETU organised a Fair Trade awareness workshop at a women's self help group in the slums of Jaipur, Rajasthan. The group comprises of women artisans who belong to poor families. Their husbands are mostly labourers but are unable to fend for their families either due to drinking habits or due to lack of work. They belong to … Read More

Ensuring safe & healthy working conditions for our bell making artisans in Kutch..

Sponsoring of technically upgraded furnaces.. SETU works with numerous bell making artisans, which is their traditional craft and the sole source of livelihood generation. They have been practising this craft from ages. They make beautiful and sonorous bells that form an important part of our product line. The traditional craft of bell making is a highly skilled & complex process. This involves curing of metallic bells under high temperature. The artisans use home-made small ovens/'chulhas' which generate a lot of smoke and heat up the …Read More

Fair Trade breaks poverty

1 October 2015 (Culemborg) - Fair Trade breaks the chain of poverty. Fair traders around the world, together with small producers and backed by consumers, are breaking the chains of poverty. Fair Trade is growing and that is our proof that we are gaining our fight against extreme poverty. The WFTO membership count doubled from 155 Fair Trade organisations in 2005 to 355 in 2014. In the same period, the turnovers of these members quadrupled from 136 million euros to 448 million euros. To ensure their way out of poverty, … Read More

Computer Training Centre for our wood carving artisans & their families..

Making Computer Education accessible to the artisans.. SETU focuses on the overall development of artisan groups and organizes a wide spectrum of need based development programs on a regular basis. One of the long term objectives of SETU is to make computer education accessible to the artisan groups & their families residing in remote village areas. Evidently, in today's fast paced world, having the knowledge of computers is very essential in every field of work. Without computer knowledge, a person feels handicapped even if he/she is …Read More

Eye Check up camp for the crochet lace artisans..

SETU organized a four day free health and eye check up camp starting from 18th to 21st September in association with our partner artisan group Godavari Delta Lace Women’s Cooperative based at Narsapur village in Andhra Pradesh. The women artisans here make beautiful crochet lace products. However , due to the skewed demand-supply ratio, the artisans find it difficult to sell their beautiful products. SETU provides marketing platform to these artisans by helping them to create products saleable in the global marketplace. The craft form is the primary source of income for these artisans. The other available options are fishing and rice cultivation. Read More

Computer Training Programme for the artisans..

Distribution of certificates to the participants by SETU To ensure all round development of the artisans, SETU had started a computer training project in the year 2014 to provide technical education to the artisans & their families at our partner NGO, SURE, based at Binjrad village of the Barmer district of Rajasthan. This small village is located at a distance of 75 kms from Barmer, and adjacent to the India – Pakistan Border. The region is known for its traditional handicrafts like appliqué & embroidery which is one of the …Read More

Educating Women and promoting girl child education..

Higher Education Programme for underprivileged girls belonging to weak financial background... With the overwhelming success of the various literacy programmes for women running from over a year, SETU has started a new education incentive programme specially designed for the underprivileged girls. The programme has been named "Higher Education Scheme for girls". The primary objective of the programme is to make quality education accessible to the disadvantaged girls coming from economically weaker sections of the society. Evidently, due … Read More

Illuminating lives of Paper mache artisans of Kashmir.. Installation of solar Battery backup for the artisans..

In the scenic landscape of Kashmir, one of the traditional craft forms practiced widely is Papermache, that comprises of making beautiful and functional products by recycling of paper. The craft form is the sole source of income for many of the artisan families in the valley. As known to all, the region recently faced devastation caused by the floods in the past months and is trying to recover from the aftermath. But the damage done is huge and artisans would take time to fully recuperate. The Indian government is not leaving any stone …Read More

Awareness Workshop on eradication of Child Labour

SETU regularly organizes workshops to spread awareness on issues of social concern and artisan's welfare. In the series, workshop on eradication of child labour and protection of child rights was organised on the occasion of 'World Day against Child Labour'. The programme was conducted for our jewelry making artisans at New Delhi. World Day against Child Labour is an International Labour Organization (ILO) sanctioned holiday that aims to raise awareness and activism to prevent child labour. It is held every year on June 12. The basic … Read More

10-day Workshop on Jewellery designing & skill upgradation for artisans

SETU organized a 10-day skill-upgradation workshop in association with SETU's partner artisan group 'Anwesha', based in Orissa. Anwesha is a non-profit organization working for the underprivileged artisans in rural and tribal backgrounds. SETU supports the artisan group by providing them with international marketing platform to sell their products. The underlying objective of the workshop was to improve the design skills of artisans engaged in making brass metal jewellery and introduce them to new techniques of jewellery designing. Emphasis …Read More

Celebrating World Fair Trade day at SETU

Awareness campaign on Fair Trade The World Fair Trade Day is an initiative of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) that takes place on the second Saturday of May every year. It is an inclusive worldwide festival of events celebrating Fair Trade as a powerful means of socio-economic transformation for the world's most vulnerable population. SETU observed the World Fair Trade Day by organising an awareness campaign on the concept of Fair Trade on 9th May 2015. The campaign was carried out at all the major tourist attractions of Jaipur … Read More

Celebrating International Labour day at SETU

Awareness workshop addressing labour rights International Workers' Day, also known as Labour Day in some places, is a celebration in the honour of labourers and the working classes that is promoted by the international labour movement and occurs every year on 1st of May. SETU observed the occasion by organising an awareness workshop discussing the origins of the day and rights of the working class, amongst the under privileged women working as labourers. These women work as casual labour, are unaware about their rights and are prone to …Read More

Evening literacy classes for underprivileged women artisans

SETU endeavours organising of development & growth oriented workshops and programs for the sustainable and overall development of the artisan groups. In the series, evening literacy classes were organized for the underprivileged women artisans of Gajsingh Pura, Jaipur. These women belong to the tailoring & construction labor community. Some women do tailoring whereas some are laborers and housewives while their husbands do the tailoring work. These artisans come from underprivileged and downtrodden sections of the society and most of … Read More

Educating the masses: Literacy Programme for tassel making women artisans & their families

To achieve it's long term objective of sustainable artisan development, SETU has taken one step forward by initiating education of the artisans & their families. We believe that by getting educated, the artisans would be able to endow themselves a better life.. With this view, literacy classes were organised for the artisans and their children at Kaladera, Chomu, Jaipur. These artisans/family members are working with SETU since past many years and are engaged in making tassels & jewelry from thread. Grass root level research was …Read More

Skill up-gradation workshop for the wood carving artisans

Artisans need to hone and up-grade their skills from time to time to keep up with these competitive times where the customers need new and innovative designs & products every day! Keeping this in mind, SETU organized a 10-days skill up-gradation workshop for our wood carving artisans, between the period of 2nd March to 12th March 2015 at Kajiwala village in U.P. The workshop is a part of the long term objective of SETU to achieve artisan development by upgrading their skills, teaching them new product processes and helping the artisans … Read More

Free eye and health checkup camp for Wood Craft artisans

Setu Society keeps on organizing health camps and skill development workshops for its partner artisan groups so that they can have access to better health amenities, education prospects and self sustainable employment opportunities.. In the series, a free eye and health checkup camp for our wood carving partner artisan group HSS was organized by SETU on the 4th of March 2015, in a small village called Kajiwala at Bijnor, UP. The artisans of this village have been associated with SETU for the past many years as part of their sustainable …Read More

Fair Trade Promotion Workshop for the educated youth : The torch bearers for tomorrow…

The educated youth of today will be the torch bearers for tomorrow..and will lead forward the Fair Trade movement for a better society! With this view in mind, SETU organised a one day workshop on 7th January for spreading awareness on Fair Trade principles for the students of following renowned universities: • American Management students from Fordham University, USA • Indian Management students from EMPI University, New Delhi, • Indian Design students from Indian Institute of Crafts and Design, Jaipur The venue for the workshop was … Read More

Spreading the word Fair Trade.. Celebrating World Fair Trade Month!

Place- Indian Institute of Craft & design, Jaipur (Raj.) Date- October 15, 2014 To mark the ocassion of World Fair Trade month, a workshop spreading awareness on the concept of Fair Trade was organised at Indian Institute Of Craft & Design (IICD), Jaipur (Rajasthan) on October 15, 2014. IICD is one of the top most renowned Design Institutes in India and focuses primarily on crafts. The programme was organised by SETU in collaboration with Fair Trade Forum India, Jan Kala Sahitya Manch and Aravali Exports. The program started with …Read More

Workshop generating awareness on child labour

SETU organized a workshop for spreading awareness on the burning issue of child labour, especially in the craft sector of making lacquer products, at one of our partner artisan groups on 28th September in Jaipur (Rajasthan). This group is engaged in making lacquer products and makes beautiful artefacts & jewelry. The workshop was considered necessary for the artisans & their families to make them aware about the ill-effects of child labor, the existing legal framework on the issue and how it ruins a child's life and deprives children of … Read More

Tailoring Centres in Narsapur district of Andhra Pradesh for the crochet lace artisans, specially the HIV affected and their families..

In our mission to promote economic independence for underprivileged women artisans, SETU has come up with two training centres for tailoring in remote villages of Narsapur district in Andhra Pradesh. Training centres have been established in the two villages (one center in each village) of Narsapur district viz Mogultur and Appanarmunilanka. Our crochet lace women artisans live in these areas. Among the community of crochet lace artisans, some have been found to be HIV positive and in some cases, their family members have lost their lives …Read More

Workshop to develop tailoring skills in underprivileged women artisans

SETU constantly endeavours for women empowerment by way of developing livelihood generating skills, so that the women can become economically independent and can also contribute to their family income. In the series, a fifteen day long tailoring workshop, with the motive of inculcating stitching/tailoring skills in the poor women artisans coming from the underprivileged and downtrodden sections of the society, was conducted in Kaladera, Chomu.(65 kms from Jaipur) from 14th July to 29th July 2014. A total of 20 women artisans received training … Read More

World Environment day at SETU

June 5 is celebrated globally as World Environment Day. To mark the green occasion, SETU organised a tree plantation and environment protection awareness campaign at Kailash puri, Gajsingh pura, Ajmer road Jaipur, Rajasthan. The theme for this year's WED campaign at SETU was "Green and healthy surroundings- Our responsibility" SETU is associated with tailoring artisans who reside in the above slum. There are very less trees there and the area has scarcity of fresh water. The roads are kachha (broken, unkempt) with poor drainage outlets. The …Read More

Pledge to support Fair trade….Signature Campaign

On the occasion of World Fair Trade Day on 10th May 2014, a signature Campaign was carried out jointly by SETU Society & city based prominent NGOs as well as FTF-I members namely Jan Kala Sahitya Manch and Nav Srijan Societies at City Palace and Jantar Mantar Jaipur, Rajasthan. The campaign started at 10 in the morning and continued till 2'O clock in the evening. Members of SETU Society and the participating NGO members carried out the signature drive in which around 250 tourists took part. By signing the campaign, they pledged to … Read More

Block Printing Workshop for the special needs people

In its constant efforts to support the differently-abled, SETU organised a training workshop on Block printing for the special needs people at Very Special Arts, New Delhi on 2nd May 2014. This was second in the series of these training workshops to be organised here. Earlier in 2013, similar session was conducted at VSA who is our partner artisan group since many years. VSA is a non profit organisation that works in the area of using art as a form of therapy & skill development of children and adults with disabilities. The NGO director, …Read More

Block Printing Workshop

To generate awareness on the history, hard work, techniques and intricacies involved in producing various types of block prints, a three day workshop was organised by Shilpi handicrafts at Jawahar kala Kendra, Jaipur. The event was inaugaurated by our very own team head Ms. Rashmi Dhariwal. It span over a period of three days from 14th to 16th april 2014. Block printing artisans from Bagru and Sanganer participated in the event. Rashmi, addressed the session and shared her views on the importance of hand block printing in modern times. She … Read More

Skill Development Programme for livelihood generation for women (8th March 2014)

Locality: Mazdoor Nagar Basti, Jaipur In continuation with the series of livelihood generation programmes for women coming from the underprivileged and downtrodden sections of the society, SETU organized a training workshop for women residing in the slum areas of Mazdoor Nagar Basti, Jaipur, on the occasion of International Women's Day, 8th March 2014. Making women financially self sustainable is one of the most important steps to women empowerment. Aims and Objectives of the Training Programme: • Development of basic skills like …Read More

“Imparting Computer Training to the Artisans” On route to being tech savvy….

SETU is associated with many women artisans doing appliqué and embroidery works, braving poverty as well as the harsh conditions of the Thar Desert region in west Rajasthan. Opportunities for livelihood and development are low. SETU tries to make them self-sustainable by partnering with them and helping them to develop new products & providing marketing platform for the products they create. In these remote desert areas, people do not have access to even basic facilities like clean drinking water, proper sanitation and proper shelter. In … Read More

Providing modern furnaces to the copper bell artisans of Bhuj, Kutchh… ensuring artisan health and safety..

Bell making is a traditional craft of the Muslim Luhar community residing in the Kutchh region of India. The art form is the sole source of income for the majority of the local population here. The work is carried out by the entire family involving women artisans also. In order to make these artisans self sustainable and to provide them a market platform , SETU has partnered with the local NGO Khamir. Copper bell making is a complex process involving many steps like sheet cutting, sheet moulding, bridging and lapping. The bells are heated …Read More

Training Workshop providing livelihood opportunities to Women

With an underlying motive of increasing livelihood opportunities available to poor women homemakers, a training workshop was organised by SETU Society on 6th September 2013 at Shaktinagar (Nivar road) Jaipur. The basic thought behind carrying out the workshop was to help women in contributing towards the family income by making them learn the art of jewelry making & simple bags, from easily available recycled fabrics. The following key agendas were covered in the workshop: • To help par gender inequality present in the society … Read More

Workshop generating awareness on Sanitation practices

Venue: Hasanpura slums, Jaipur (Rajsthan) "Cleanliness is next to Godliness", an age old idiom still holds significant meaning in today's times. To spread awareness about Sanitation practices among the underprivileged and marginalized sections of the society, residing in urban slum areas, an awareness workshop was organized by SETU Society for Empowerment and Trade Upliftment of artisans for the inhabitants of Hasanpura slums of Jaipur, Rajasthan on 29th august 2013. The residents of Hasanpura slum were found to be mostly uneducated, … Read More

Livelihood generation workshop for women (30th July 2013)

SETU Society is actively working to provide livelihood alternatives to the underprivileged and downtrodden sections of the society. In one such endeavor, a training workshop was organized for the women residents of the urban slums at Govind Nagar , Jaipur (Rajasthan). The women folks here come from low income groups and are not educated enough to get decent jobs to support their families. Upon interaction with them, SETU team realized that these women are eager to learn some livelihood skills so that they too can have their say in the family … Read More

Free Health and Eye Check-up Camp for Wood Carving Artisans

Place: Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh Date: July 24th, 2013 For any artisan, the physical well being is of utmost importance. Their work involves a lot of physical labor and is largely dependent on their state of health, specially the accuracy of their vision! Ironically, due to lack of awareness and struggling financial condition, most artisans keep their health at almost the last priority. For SETU, ensuring health measures for our partner artisans is one of our topmost priorities. In that fray, on the request of our wood craft artisans, SETU …Read More

SETU helps flood victims of Godavari, Andhra Pradesh

In the year 2013, Andhra Pradesh witnessed heavy incessant rains in many parts of the state .One of our partner artisan groups,crotchet lace making women artisans; are based in Narsapur, a tiny township in the West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. Consistent rains across the state led to drastic floods in the Godavari river. Our artisans went through a tough time as they fought for their lives. Hundreds of villages had to be marooned in West and East Godavari districts due to the incessant rain and flooding of rivulets. Due to grim … Read More

Sponsoring Education for artisans and their children

A lot of the jewelry making artisans associated with SETU are young girls who are either uneducated or are school drop outs. They live in the narrow streets of congested old Delhi and are mostly from poor Muslim families. Many had to leave school in between due to various constraints like lack of financial support, social taboos, lack of awareness etc. As they grow up and gain exposure, they realize the importance of education but now they feel shy of going back to school and studying along with children much younger than them. Also, some have …Read More

Empowering women…

Livelihood Promotion Workshop Venue: Sanjay Nagar (Chitrakoot), Jaipur Date: November 23-24, 2012 Every woman can play an important role in the development of the family if she is provided with awareness & training and given the necessary freedom. SETU has been focusing on livelihood generation initiatives for the women dwelling in poor slum areas of the city. Lots of marginalized families stay in `Sanjay Nagar’ Basti (a slum area) with low education levels and low income, insufficient even to fulfill their basic needs. The … Read More

Million Litre Water Saving Project

Environmental Sustainability Initiative taken by SETU ( August 28, 2012) We are associated with artisans engaged in hand block printing of cotton fabric, especially in the desert areas of Rajasthan. This is their traditional art followed from generations and is their main source for livelihood. During printing of the fabric, ample quantity of water is being used & wasted depending upon the volumes. ( 5 ~20 million liters/ annum). This is a wastage of precious natural resources, especially in desert area, where clean water is accessible … Read More

Quality Improvement Workshop At Bagru

Venue: Bagru, Jaipur, Rajasthan. (July 26, 2012) SETU team visited block printing unit at Bagru to review the quality of material being produced. In addition, the motive was to educate artisans regarding international quality standards. We interacted with the grass root artisans at their workplace, tried to understand their problems, analyze their working procedures & tried to identify root cause(s) for various quality issues. Few quality issues reviewed and analyzed are as follows: • Shade variation : Pressing of block is one … Read More

Quality Improvement Workshop at Tilonia

Venue: Tilonia, Rajasthan (July 19, 2012) SETU conducted a workshop with the artisans in village Tilonia to address the quality issues that the artisans were facing from quite some time. The artisans make beddings & other home decor products for us. So SETU organized a Quality Improvement Workshop for them. Ms. Raj Kanwar & Ms. Ganeshi Bai (senior quality checkers), Ms. Kailash Kanwar & Mr. Kanha Ram (Master tailor/ cutters), supervisors, women tailors and some other staff members participated in the workshop. About 30-35 …Read More

Skill Upgradation Workshop with Wood Carving Artisans

Venue: Bijnor, U.P. (June 13- July 2, 2012) The art of wood carving is prevalent from ancient years. Passed down from generation to generation, this traditional skill provides livelihood to countless no. of artisans & their families. However, with time it is being observed that the percentage of older people practicing this craft is increasing. Ageing & failing health keeps them away from work frequently. Though the younger generation at this time knows this art but there is a strong need to give them formal training to improve … Read More

Ensuring Healthy Work Place For Jewelry Making Artisans

SETU works with many jewelry making artisans, working with sustainable materials like metals, wood, glass, natural seeds, bone, tree resins etc. A large no. of items go through electroplating process. Electroplating is quick and easy process for imparting illuminating fine finish to jewelry. This process can however release acid fumes and may be harmful to artisans if not taken care of. During prior visits to the artisan community, SETU along with the artisans discussed and analyzed any health concerns. After several meetings together and …Read More

Capacity Building And Export Market Readiness Training Workshop at ‘Mahila Bunkar Sahakari Samiti’

Venue: MBSS Surajpur, Uttar Pradesh (29-30 March 2012) SETU organized a two-day training & development workshop for our handloom weavers of Mahila Bunkar Sahakari Samiti on 29th & 30th march 2012 at Surajpur, (U.P.)., for Capacity Building & Readiness for Export Market. MBSS is a co-operative group of artisans who create some of our beautiful home décor items as well as bags. The cooperative aims to organize the weavers of different villages in western Uttar Pradesh, and to train women with marketable skills. To date, more … Read More

National Awareness for Plantation Campaign 2011-2012

Venue: Vikrampur Vilage, Gwalior (March 12, 2012) SETU organized a campaign on “National Awareness for plantation & Importance of saving the Trees/ Forests” at ‘Vikrampur’, a local village near the city, in association with EPCO. The event was set up with an objective to enlighten the local population about global warming, how important the trees are to us, the actual ways of plantation along with the conduct in which they can be taken care of & can be retained for a longer time. The following pointers were discussed with the … Read More

Campaign on right disposal of household garbage and keeping the surroundings clean: ‘Solid Waste Management’

(Date: March 5, 2012) Venue: Chuk Phatak, Tekanpur, Gwalior SETU in association with the Environmental Planning & Coordination Organization (EPCO) organized a campaign on “Right disposal of household garbage and keeping the surroundings clean and hygienic)” at ‘Chuk Phatak,Tekanpur’, a local area in the city. The campaign was set up with an objective of enlightening the local population about different types of wastes, proper waste disposal, pollution and its direct ill effects on environment and on their lives. The awareness level … Read More

Save the Water & Save the Trees / Forests

A campaign on “Save the water & Save the trees” was organised at ‘Jakhara, Morar’ a local area in the city on Feb 28, 2012. It has been known that contaminated water is the leading worldwide cause of deaths and diseases, and that it accounts for the deaths of more than 14,000 people daily. An estimated 700 million Indians have no access to a proper toilet, and 1,000 Indian children die of diarrheal sickness every day. With this distressing fact in mind SETU with help of (EPCO) the Environmental Planning & Coordination …Read More

Fair Trade Alliance Building Program: “Sustainable Growth Through Fair Trade Approaches”

Venue: Hotel Central Park, Gwalior (Feb 15, 2012) Fair Trade Forum-India and SETU Consortium together organized a Fair Trade Alliance Building Program on 15th Feb 2012 at Hotel Central Park in Gwalior. The theme of the program was “Sustainable Growth Through Fair Trade Approaches”. The basic objectives of this program were to promote Fair Trade in India & create visibility of Fair Trade, to develop networking & partnerships, market for the members associated with craft & food trades and strategies on using Fair Trade … Read More

Workshop on Spreading the importance of Health & hygiene for infants & Women

Venue: Amar Pradhar Lashkar, Gwalior (January 24-25, 2012) SETU organized an awareness program on “The importance of Health & hygiene and providing the knowledge of iodine & ORS for infants & Women”. The area selected was a local slum inhabited mostly by uneducated, migrated & poor population of mixed communities. The locality is quite dirty and the people here were observed to have poor sanitary habits. The awareness level is low and the prevalent of diseases is high. Girl child education is low, contributing to further …Read More

Nasha Mukti (De- Addiction) & Education awareness

Venue: Mandari Ki Mata Village, Gwalior (January 11, 2012) SETU organized a Nasha Mukti (De-addiction) & Education Awareness workshop at Mandari Ki Mata Village in Gwalior Area. There were approx 100 attendees with mixed ratio of male and female. SETU team members began the seminar by introducing the guests & briefly explaining the audience the gist of intoxication and its effects on human mind & body. They spoke about, how in this contemporary world, a man for his corporeal satisfaction, falls for abhorrent and dangerous … Read More

International Day of persons with Disability

International Day of persons with Disability (December 3, 2011) Venue: SNEHALAYA- A Home with Love, Gwalior SETU organized a workshop at ‘Snehalaya- A home with love’ on “International Day of Persons with Disability”. Snehalaya is an orphanage cum care home for disabled and destitute children & adolescents with disorders or syndromes like Cerebral palsy, Tuber sclerosis, psoriasis, epilepsy and AIDS. The total strength of such children is sixty-three with mixed age groups. Snehalaya also runs a regular school for the poor children of …Read More

Save the girl Child

Save the girl Child (November 27, 2011) Venue: HFWTC,Gwalior ‘Child Right Observatory’ Bhopal (M.P.) organized a seminar on ‘Save the Girl Child’. The seminar was held at HFWTC,Gwalior, with the help of 15 supportive welfare societies, and SETU was one of the participatory members of the seminar. The members talked about an essential problem existing in the populace, the seminar enlighten the newly wed couples about the evil practices prevailing in the society in reference to female feticides & infanticide. Conversation also … Read More

Celebration of International day of elimination of violence against women

Celebration of International day of elimination of violence against women (November 27, 2011) Venue: Mayur Nagar, Thatipur and “Family counselling Centre”Gwalior(M.P.) SETU organized a local community meeting with women residing at Thatipur, Gwalior (M.P.) to draw attention to ‘eliminate violence against women’. These women belonged to the vulnerable section of society. Mr. L R Kaushal & Ms Gulmohar Matta (SETU team members) discussed the impact of this on the mental structure on women as well as on their children. They also enlightened … Read More

Workshop on Fair Trade/ Campus Out Reach Program

VENUE: Institute of Hotel Management, GWALIOR (M.P.) (October 17, 2011) SETU conducted another ‘Workshop on Fair Trade’ on Oct 17, 2011 to spread awareness about Fair Trade among students. The campus was `IHM University’,Gwalior a renowned University in the sphere of Hospitality, Catering and Tourism. Our audiences were the future hoteliers, Managers and chefs hence our main motive was to enlighten them with the basics of Fair Trade & ways about how to alleviate poverty and promote sustainability through ethical practices along with the … Read More

Workshop on Fair Trade

WORKSHOP ON FAIR TRADE/ CAMPUS OUTREACH PROGRAM HELD ON: (October 11, 2011), VENUE: Maharaja Pratap College of Technology, GWALIOR (M.P.) SETU conducted ‘Campus outreach program’ to spread awareness about Fair Trade among the students of `MPCT University’, which is one of the renowned Universities in various sphere of edification including Engineering, Dental & Management. The audience was young crowd of sixty-seven students therefore; the motive behind conducting the program was to spread the message of Fair Trade and Sustainable …Read More

Workshop on Capacity Building & Self-development for our artisans

Workshop on Capacity Building & Self-development for our artisans of Kutch, Gujarat (October 8, 2011 to October 10, 2011) Venue: Bhuj, Kutch, Gujarat A total of three workshops were organized by SETU for the artisans of Bhuj, Kutch with the help & co-operation of our partner NGOs viz. Khamir CRC, Qasab & VGS. The venues chosen were the artisan facilitation Centers of these three NGOs, in and around Bhuj, for maximum & easy accessibility of artisans. The three days long program was held from October 8, 2011 to October 10, … Read More

Workshop on Capacity Building & Self-development for our artisans of Kutch

Workshop on Capacity Building & Self-development for our artisans of Kutch, Gujarat (October 8, 2011 to October 10, 2011) Venue: Bhuj, Kutch, Gujarat. A total of three workshops were organized by SETU for the artisans of Bhuj, Kutch with the help & co-operation of our partner NGOs viz. Khamir CRC, Qasab & VGS. The venues chosen were the artisan facilitation Centers of these three NGOs, in and around Bhuj, for maximum & easy accessibility of artisans. The three days long program was held from October 8, 2011 to October 10, …Read More

Tailoring Workshop

Tailoring Workshop (24-27 September) , Ashok colony Gwalior A four-day tailoring workshop was organized for the residents of `Nadi Par Taal’, Ashok colony,Gwalior. The people come from the underprivileged and downtrodden sections of the society who make a living by working as seasonal wage laborers and thus fall short of employment all the year round.The training programme was conducted to introduce tailoring as an alternate livelihood options to the beneficiaries thereby opening new avenues for them.Women across all age groups participated … Read More

Providing livelihoods training to the women artisans

Providing livelihoods training to the women artisans at Mehra slum Gwalior (5-11 September) In the series of vocational training programmes for the urban poor, another week long livelihood training session was conducted for the residents of Mehra slum, an urban slum located in the suburbs ofGwaliorcity. The artisan families here are indulged in embroidery work and make a living through it. But, the embroidery work alone is not sufficient to run a family as the opportunities are less, the agents are unable to provide them with the required … Read More

Training workshop on Tailoring skills

Training workshop on Tailoring skills (6-8 August 2011) Location: Barmer, Rajasthan Artisans produce beautiful designs, straight from their heart, sometimes unmatchable with even the classy fashion designers. Their designs are characteristic of the innocence and purity of their dedication towards the craft. Artisans are excellent at the artistic part of the product but to increase the market demand, it is essential to add functionality to the product so that the art gets converted into a useful & desirable product. Most of the artisans … Read More

Free health check up camp for artisans

Venue: Gwalior, M.P. (16 September 2011) A free health check up camp was organized by SETU on 16 September 2011 at Birla Nagar, Gwalior for the carpet weaving and embroidery artisans residing in the nearby slum areas. The underlying aim of organizing the camp was to extend basic healthcare services to the artisan families who are otherwise devoid of it and consequently suffer from a range of health ailments that can be treated easily if provided with basic medical aid. Camp registrations started at around 10 am and continued till 2 in …Read More

Free Health Check Up camp for artisans

Free health check up camp 30 June 2011 Gwalior Venue: Jagnapura Laghedi, Gwalior, M.P. (30th June 2011) With a view to aid the artisans with basic healthcare services, a free health check up camp was organized by SETU on 30th June 2011 at Jagnapura Laghedi, an urban slum at Gwalior. The beneficiaries of the camp were carpet weaving and embroidery artisans residing in the slum area. These artisans are not able to access even the basic healthcare services and therefore suffer from a range of health ailments which can be treated easily if provided with basic medical aid. Camp … Read More

“Say no to Polybags”- SETU observes World Environment day

Venue: Gwalior, M.P. (5th June 2011) World Environment day was observed at SETU with the theme “Say no to polythene”. On the occasion, a session spreading awareness about environmental issues was organized in City mall at Gwalior. In the event, SETU team members made people aware of the ban on polythenes in Gwalior and asked them to share their views on it. Most of the people appreciated the ban and said that such steps are necessary to protect the environment but still many did not take any pro-active steps to minimize the use of … Read More

Generating awareness on sanitation and hygiene

Venue: Gwalior, M.P. (20 May 2011) Poor sanitation is the root cause of many diseases like typhoid and cholera which can sometimes prove to be fatal. But not many people are aware of this and consequently suffer from a range of health ailments which can be easily prevented by taking a few precautionary hygiene measures. Thus, with a view to create awareness on the importance and need of sanitation and hygiene, a workshop was organized at an urban slum at Gwalior. … Read More

Making the world a fairer place!! Celebrating World Fair Trade Day!!!

Making the world a fairer place!! Celebrating World Fair Trade Day!!! (14th May 2011) On the occasion of World Fair Trade Day, a workshop explaining the ethical Business Model Fair Trade and its scope was organized for the students of Jiwaji University,Gwalior. The students were all from the stream of MSW (Master of Social Work) The session aimed at introducing the concept of Fair Trade to the young audience whose lives otherwise remain untouched by this benevolent idea. SETU team started the session by throwing light on the basics of …Read More

Food and nutrition workshop

Food and nutrition workshop at Gwalior (7 April 2011) On the occasion of “World Health Day”, a health and nutrition workshop was organized by SETU on 7th April 2011 at Huravali,Gwalior; for the residents of a slum area inhabited by people living below the poverty line. The workshop was conducted by Mr. L.R. Kaushal, social welfare manager at SETU. The workshop was aimed at spreading awareness about healthy food practices and nutrition disorders like malnutrition, The session started with a brief overview on malnutrition, its ill effects and … Read More

Vocational training Course for Amar Jyoti kids

Vocational training Course for Amar Jyoti kids “Talent needs to be recognized and nurtured”. With this vision, SETU aims to organize vocational training workshops for the deserving and needy. As one such endeavour, vocational training is being provided as part of their routine curriculum to the physically and mentally challenged kids at Amar Jyoti,Gwalior. The aim of the workshop is to bring out inner creativity of the extremely able kids and at the same time to inculcate design skills in them. Around 225 kids are estimated to benefit from … Read More

“Illuminating lives”- Solar Light Project

“Illuminating lives”- Solar Light Project (24th March 2011) Installation of solar lights in 100 households in the desert areas of Rajasthan (near Indo- Pak Border) Our much awaited solar light project took final shape on 24th of March 2011. It was way back on our last visit to Rajasthan when the project was initialized.Under this project, 100 households were provided with solar lanterns in the remote villages of Rajasthan namely Bindani, Bijarad, Navtala and Sarupe ka tala. The beneficiaries of the project are all women artisans working … Read More

Workshop on Self development and Quality improvement

"Workshop on Self development and Quality improvement", Barmer Rajasthan SETU organized a “Workshop on Self development and Quality improvement” for our wood Block printing artisans in the desert areas near Barmer, Rajasthan on 23rd March 2011. Artisans here specialize in Ajrakh block printing, a form of block printing on cloth; characteristic of this region. These artisans belong to the Khatri community and are engaged in this craft for centuries. The word ‘Ajrakh’ means ‘keep it to-day’. It also means making beautiful and in Arabia, Ajrakh …Read More

Celebrating womanhood- SETU observes International women’s day

Celebrating womanhood- SETU observes International women’s day (8th March 2011) SETU believes in empowering women for a dignified living and with this view on the occasion of International women’s day, SETU organized a “tailoring workshop for sustainability” for the underprivileged and marginalized women of an urban slum at Gwalior. The workshop was attended by 42 women of the community. SETU team member L.R. Kaushal presided the workshop along with our master trainer Mr. Sunil Dutt. Other SETU team members were also present on the … Read More

“Health and nutrition workshop” at Barmer

Venue: Barmer, Rajasthan (February 18, 2011) An ill-fed child with his ribcage prominently on display, along with weak limbs and a pale dark skin is no eye candy but a reality for many of those who are suffering from Malnutrition, a nutritional disorder arising due to lack of balanced diet. Malnutrition results from taking an unbalanced diet in which certain nutrients are lacking, in excess (too high an intake), or in the wrong proportions. A number of different nutrition disorders may arise, depending on which nutrients are under or …Read More

“Health is wealth”! – Free health check up camp for our wood carving artisans

Venue: Bijnour, U.P. (13th-15th Feb 2011) With a view to aid the artisans in healthcare, SETU organised a series of 2 free health check up camps for our wood carving artisans of Bijnour, U.P. on the 13th and 15th of february 2011. Following facilities were provided in the camp: Free health check up Free medicine distribution Free eye check up Spectacles for free to those with weak eye sight A team of highly qualified doctors consisting of Dr. Mukul Agarwal, Dr. Raees Baig, Dr. Muazaam Hussain Riyazi and Dr. Zaheer Ahmed … Read More

Free Health Check up Camp

Venue: Reshampura Badnapura, Gwalior (13th Feb 2011) Healthcare is still a luxury for many! It sounds rather obsolete but is a hardcore reality!! Even the basic medical facilities are not available to some; here we are talking about the underprivileged and marginalized people who can’t afford the highly priced healthcare services and consequently suffer from various health ailments. Therefore, with a view to help them in this regard, on the 13th of February 2011, we organized a free health check up camp for the residents of Reshampura …Read More

Unleashing inner creativity as a therapy

Unleashing inner creativity as a therapy – Workshop at Amar Jyoti – 12th Feb 2011 Nothing is more powerful than the smile on a child’s face. Now multiply this by 129, and you will get a small sense of what SETU staff and volunteers experienced on February 12th! In order to interact with the kids and to help them discover themselves, SETU team conducted a workshop for the Amar Jyoti Charitable Trust’s kids on 12th of Feb 2011. One of our leading volunteers was Hetal Shah, fellow of indicorps, a USA based organization. Around 129 … Read More

Food and nutrition workshop

Food and nutrition workshop at Gwalior (9th February 2011) To spread awareness about healthy food practices and nutrition disorders like malnutrition, a health and nutrition workshop was organized by SETU Society on 9th February 2011 at Huravali, Gwalior; a slum area inhabited by people living below the poverty line. The workshop was conducted by Mr. L.R. Kaushal, social welfare manager at SETU. The session started with a brief overview on malnutrition, its ill effects and what can be done to prevent this disease. Kaushal then … Read More

Community development for Artisans at “Jagnapura Laghedi”

Community development for Artisans at “Jagnapura Laghedi”- an urban slum at Gwalior (2nd Feb 2011) Life is sometimes too harsh for some people. Food and water which are life’s basic necessities are not an easy affair for many. This is true for the people of Jagnapura Laghedi, an urban slum at Gwalior where SETU team made a visit. The sole source of income for the residents here is embroidery on sarees which women of the family do from their homes. The male members work on daily wages and do not earn regularly. Consequently, it’s the art … Read More

Helping artisans overcome product rejections

Helping artisans overcome product rejections (20-23rd January 2011) As part of our efforts to bring about artisan development, we decided to provide training to our wood carving artisans in a bid to lessen their product rejections. These artisans make beautiful products but fall short on certain parameters of product design and quality, leading to rejections. To solve this problem and to polish their skills, we invited them at SETU. They were also asked to bring the required machines with them in order to give them a practical approach about …Read More

Eye refraction camp-II for the artisans of Tilonia

Venue: Tilonia, Rajasthan (20 December 2010) As part of our efforts to provide artisans with basic medical facilities, last month on 20th December 2010, another eye refraction camp was organized for our women artisans at Tilonia. Tilonia is a place of traditional craft where people practice embroidery, stitching and similar craft work requiring intense use of eyes. With increasing age, artisans’ eyes become vulnerable to various eye ailments like short sightedness, glaucoma, general eye weakness etc.; this not only affects their health but … Read More

Visit to woodcarving artisans

Visit to woodcarving artisans: SETU team also visited our wood carving artisans of HSSS. Our beautiful earring stands, wood eyeglass holder and many other wooden products are made by this group. We interacted with the artisans and tried to found out their problems while working. Most of the artisans are quite happy with their work reason being now they have more orders, i.e., more & regular work which was not the case earlier when they were not associated with SETU. Also, facilities like advance payments have changed their life for … Read More

Guiding the artisans for quality improvement – visit to jewellery making and wood carving artisans of Moradabad and Bijnor

Guiding the artisans for quality improvement – visit to jewellery making and wood carving artisans of Moradabad and Bijnor (8-9 December 2010) In an effort to implement our vision of overall artisan development, SETU team visited our jewellery making artisans at Moradabad and wood carving artisans of Bijnor. Visit to Moradabad: SETU team, consisting of team head Rashmi and product development manager Archna, visited the artisans. The group houses our jewellery making artisans. Our beautiful cuffs and earrings are made by this group. … Read More

2nd International Conference on Climate change and Sustainable Management of Natural resources

2nd International Conference on Climate change and Sustainable Management of Natural resources (5- 7 December, 2010) SETU team co-organized a conference on climate change and Green marketing with ITM Universe, a prestigious management school of Gwalior. The conference span over a period of 3 days from 5-7 Dec. 2010 In the session, SETU team head Rashmi explained the basic concepts of Fair Trade to the management students along with a heated debate on Green Marketing. Keynote speakers in the conference were Mr. David Wittenberg (CEO, …Read More

Green Marketing Session

Green Marketing Session – 6 Dec. 2010 “Going green is the need of the hour” was the topic of discussion in the Green Marketing Session. In the present scenario, where customers re not much aware about the green concept and therefore show less inclination to buy green products; green Marketing has a long way to go. The speakers stressed on the fact that the future of green marketing is entirely in the hands of youth; only they can bring changes in people’s perception. Mr. David Wittenberg addressing the green marketing session and SETU … Read More

Reinforcing artisan talent!!

Reinforcing artisan talent!! (December 2010) Nurturing talent is as important as recognizing it, only then the true mettle of an artisan can come out. With this view, in December 2010; SETU sponsored awards to the student women artisans of Kalaraksha Vidyalaya (a venture of Kalaraksha, one of our partner NGOs). Awards were given for showing excellence in respective art forms. These act as motivation to the artisans to perform up to their best of ability. Our main aim is to support artisan development & bring out their creativity. … Read More

Developing the craft skills of artisans – Trainer for artisans development

Developing the craft skills of artisans – Trainer for artisans development (November 2010) Artisans are experts in their various traditional art forms but sometimes lack efficiency in design skills, especially for contemporary & functional product development and need training to upgrade them. Keeping in view this fact, we at SETU has appointed a master trainer to develop the design skills of our artisans. Mr. Sunit Dutt is a master designer and has got years of experience in cutting & tailoring for large export houses. He has … Read More

Free Health Check up Camp

Venue: Chandrabadni Naka, Gwalior (28 Nov. 2010) As part of our mission to improve the wellbeing and living standards of underprivileged and marginalized people; a health camp was organized by SETU for the stone carving and carpet making communities residing nearby Chandrabadni Naka, Gwalior on 28th November 2010. The underlying purpose for organizing the camp was to lend a helping hand to these less fortunate people who otherwise are not able to avail even the basic medical facilities. These people due to improper working conditions … Read More

Medical benefits for the artisans – Meeting basic health needs

Medical Benefits SETU is working with over 20000 artisans spread over various regions of India. Many lack access to potable water, electricity, and other basic services. Their villages are sometimes in hostile environments (such as deserts), far away from metropolitan areas. A major challenge of living in a remote location is the lack of health care facilities. Our goal is to provide this basic facility to all of our artisans and their families. We are currently working in association with various organizations namely `Khamir’, “SURE” and “HSSS” to achieve … Read More

Eye Refraction camp for the artisans of desert area

Venue:Dhanau, Barmer, Rajasthan (28th Nov. 2010) We organized an eye camp for our artisans of Dhanau, Barmer, Rajasthan on 28th Nov. 2010. It was in association with `Viva Terra’, one of our special customers based in USA. It was organized for our artisans at `Social work and Research Centre’ (Barefoot College), social activity wing of our partner artisan Cooperative `Hatheli’, based in Tilonia Rajasthan. The co-operative trains rural men and women in varied activities to make themselves sustainable; traditional crafts like embroidery, …Read More

Design workshop for artisans of Bijnour

Design workshop for artisans of Bijnour (October 2010) Design is the soul of a product. Updating artisans with contemporary trends in designs is essential for creating / maintaining the demand of a product among customers. This not only enables the artisan to make products in accordance with customers taste but also introduces them to latest techniques in the marketplace which is necessary for their overall development. With this view a design workshop was organized with our partner group HSSS in Bijnour , U.P. The entire workshop was … Read More

Celebrating Fair Trade month “Carry the torch forward”

Celebrating Fair Trade month “Carry the torch forward” (21 October 2010) October being a Fair Trade month is special for all Fair Traders. Throughout this month, series of activities took place at SETU. Recent being our workshop session titled “Carry the torch forward”. Underlying purpose for choosing this theme was to spread the word Fair Trade among the youth; as despite being a sustainable and ethical business concept, Fair Trade is not known to many, especially today’s youth who are more than willing to do something useful for the …Read More

Safety kits distribution to Copper Bell Artisans

(September 2010) As part of our ongoing commitment to artisans’ health and safety, more safety kits were distributed to the bell making artisans of Kutch region in association with local NGO Khamir who is working towards revitalizing this craft since long. Need for safety kits arises due to nature of this art form. The bell making art involves heating of iron structures coated with brass and copper powders, the process needing high temperature furnaces. Majority of the artisans still lack professional manufacturing infrastructure and … Read More

Team head Rashmi speaking at TEDx JNTU Kakinada

Team head Rashmi speaking at TEDx JNTU Kakinada (21 Aug 2010) TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas worth Spreading. TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. It has many versions in India under the name of TEDx One such event was organized at Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh accompanied with the theme “awakening young India” in Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, where Rashmi was invited as honorary speaker. To know more about TED visit www.tedxjntuk.com SETU consortium team head …Read More

Workshop at SABALA – updating the artisans with latest color trends and enhancing their craft skills

Workshop at SABALA – updating the artisans with latest color trends and enhancing their craft skills- (August 2010) SETU organized a technical workshop at one of our artisan groups `SABALA’ in the arid villages of Bijapur, Karnataka. It is an all women’s organization dedicated to the empowerment of Women and Children. With a view to improve the skills of artisans and to update them with the latest colour trends a workshop was organized at SABALA. Highlights of the workshop: Updating the artisans with Trend Forecasts for spring … Read More

Vidya Archana

Vidya Archana A compound word, “Vidya Archana” stands for worshiping knowledge. Its meaning is derived from the Hindi language words “Vidya”, which means knowledge, and “Archana”, which means worship. We believe that education is the key to a better life and a better society. Therefore, Vidya Archana was started as an effort by SETU to share and spread knowledge. This program is aimed for the children of the underprivileged section of society who have all the will but no means to fulfill their education needs.The program focuses on …Read More

World Environment Day

Venue: Gwalior, M.P. (5th June 2010) This year, the World Environment Day was celebrated at SETU with an exciting theme “Know & save your environment” which is selected with a view to generate awareness on environment related issues. The whole activity took place in Dindayal city mall at Gwalior where the target participants were store owners, small shopkeepers/retailers & end customers. SETU team explained the importance of using eco-friendly products to the people. A lot of eco-friendly alternatives were displayed which can … Read More

Safety kits for Bell making artisans

(June 2010) Bell making is a traditional craft of the Muslim Luhar community residing in the Kutchh region of India. One section of the Luhar ironsmiths specialized in making copper & brass coated iron bells for cows, buffaloes, camels and sheep. Due to consecutive droughts, the cattle breeders could not buy bells regularly for their cattle over the years. The demand for these bells thus declined locally and the bell making craft came to the verge of dying. SETU has been trying to promote their bells in the international market. We have … Read More

World Fair Trade Day Celebration

World Fair Trade Day Celebration-8th May 2010 Fair trade is market-based approach to alleviating poverty and promoting sustainability through ethical practices. It aims to educate and empower disadvantaged producers in the developing world and connect them to a market, so they too can participate in global trade. To know more about Fair Trade, click here. World Fair Trade Day is observed annually on the second Saturday of the month of May. It is celebrated all over the world by the supporters of Fair Trade. A lot many people are … Read More

Eye check up camp for women artisans of the desert areas

(May 2010) For artisans, art is their soul. It assumes the highest priority for them not only because it is their source of income but also something very close to their heart, being an inheritance of their forefathers which they cherish throughout their lives. Art is their identity. A majority of the art, be it embroidery, appliqué work, hand block printing, bell making or anything else requires intensive use of eyes. Eyes are the most important tools for an artisan and this is especially true for those who do minute work like embroidery. … Read More

Earth Day

Venue: Gwalior, M.P. (April 22, 2010) Planting trees not only reduces environmental pollution but it calms our minds too. With this view, SETU celebrated the 40th anniversary of “Earth Day” by doing plantation in a dilapidated park at Gwalior.. In the present scenario, where the environment is full of pollution and no. of trees are reducing day by day, it’s one of the most needed step to reduce our carbon footprints. We also motivated the neighborhood children to join us. SETU team and the young saviors together planted trees. Since … Read More

General Health check-up Camp at Gwalior

General Health check-up Camp at Gwalior-18th April 2010 SETU organized a health camp for the marginalized and downtrodden sections of the society at Gwalior. The target population consisted of below poverty Line people, Carpet weaving artisans and the like. Basic motive behind the camp was to lend a helping hand to the less fortunate people who otherwise are not able to get even the basic medical facilities. Location for the camp was a Community Center at Gendewali Sadak, Gwalior; it was selected as majority of the target … Read More

Taking Guard of artisan’s health

Taking Guard of artisan’s health Artisans are experts in their respective skills but they do not care much about their health; one of the reason being that they can’t afford it and the other is their ignorance or lack of information on these matters. Working with a large number of artisans, we are aware of their sufferings and therefore consider it as our responsibility to support them. In one of our visits to a group of wood-carving artisans in Bijnour we were exposed to some ground realities. These artisans while working get exposed to … Read More

Lending a helping hand to the differently abled

Lending a helping hand to the differently abled: (Amar Jyoti Charitable Trust) Amar Jyoti Charitable Trust is on of our partner artisan groups which work towards the rehabilitation of physically challenged people. We are very proud to be associated with it and always try to help them in their endeavors as and when possible. In one of such efforts SETU sponsored microscopes and lamination machines for Amar Jyoti. Microscopes to be used in pathology department for testing purposes and lamination machines were to be used for art and craft …Read More

Amar Jyoti

Amar Jyoti Development & Education Project: The [candle] flame that never extinguishes This project revolves around the organization whose main purpose is to provide education and health care to underprivileged children. The school also provides vocational education to help them become self-sustainable when they grow up. The school raises some income by making the newspaper & jute bags which have been developed for them by SETU as a part of fostering self-sustainability, but they need more help. Half of the children they work … Read More

Workshop on Health Safety and Quality

Workshop on Health Safety and Quality SETU, as part of its policy, organizes workshops for the artisan groups on a regular basis. These are an effective way to interact with artisans and know about their problems in a short period of time. In one such effort, a workshop was organized for our artisans near Bijnour (U.P.). These artisans are basically wood carvers. The three basic topics covered in the workshop were safety, health and quality. The importance of all three were emphasized. Artisans were also distributed written material in …Read More

Kala Raksha Vidyalaya

Kala Raksha Vidyalaya “Kala Raksha” means “Protecting art”. At SETU consortium, we greatly value the conservation of handmade, cultural and artistic talents. In our experiences, we have noticed that many art forms are becoming extinct. Unfair trade practices make artisans go out of business, provide mundane work at factories that doesn’t require artistic skills, and ultimately stop the passing of knowledge from one generation to the next. Thus, younger people do not inherit the artistic skills their forefathers created, since they … Read More

A step forward towards preserving the environment

Pollution prevention day is observed annually on 2nd December with a motive to create awareness on environment related issues. SETU, going by its green policy, observed this day by holding a workshop among the management students of Jiwaji University, Gwalior. The session started with a power packed presentation by our President Rashmi, explaining the various contributors in polluting the environment. The highlight of the presentation was solving environmental issues through fair Trade. Many topics were discussed like Greenhouse effect, … Read More

Spreading the word “Fair Trade”

Spreading the word “Fair Trade” Fair trade is market-based approach to alleviating poverty and promoting sustainability through ethical practices. It aims to educate and empower disadvantaged producers in the developing world and connect them to a market, so they too can participate in global trade. To know more about Fair Trade, click here. As part of our commitment for spreading awareness on Fair Trade, a one day workshop was organized at Jiwaji University, Gwalior with the target audience consisting of management and commerce … Read More

Creating AIDS awareness among youth

Creating AIDS awareness among youth Youth are the present and future, they are the ones who can bring an era of change. Therefore it is very important for them to be aware about AIDS. India is a conservative society where children are not given proper education on STDs like AIDS. Whatever knowledge they gain is from the outer world like from their friends, media etc. but this information is not sufficient as it may create confusions on the topic rather than clarify the doubts. SETU realized this fact and organized an interactive session on …Read More

Universal Children’s day at Madhav Bal Niketan

Universal Children’s day at Madhav Bal Niketan SETU had organized a two days program on the occasion of Universal Children Day / Child Rights Day. These were conducted on 18th & 20th November’09. Children’s Day is an event celebrated on various days in many places around the world. Universal Childrens Day is on November 20 (although other countries celebrate a local childrens day on other dates). On 20th November, United Nations General Assembly adopted the `Declaration of the Rights of the Child’ in 1959. The Convention on the Rights of … Read More

HIV/AIDS awareness camp for sex workers at Reshampura-Badnapura

HIV/AIDS awareness camp for sex workers at Reshampura-Badnapura on 12th Nov. 2009 The villages of Badnapura and Reshampura are inhabited by the people of Bedia community. Bedia is a traditional sex worker community. They have been living here for more than 50 years. The history of this community shows that in olden times, the Royal families and local lords, promoted this community for their entertainment because of their expertise in signing and dancing. With time, this became a profession for this community and developed into full-fledged … Read More

HIV/AIDS awareness camp for sex workers at Reshampura-Badnapura

HIV/AIDS awareness camp for sex workers at Reshampura-Badnapura on 12th Nov. 2009 The villages of Badnapura and Reshampura are inhabited by the people of Bedia community. Bedia is a traditional sex worker community. They have been living here for more than 50 years. The history of this community shows that in olden times, the Royal families and local lords, promoted this community for their entertainment because of their expertise in signing and dancing. With time, this became a profession for this community and developed into full-fledged … Read More

Promoting abilympics

Promoting abilympics Abilympics are vocational skill competitions for persons with disabilities to enable them to showcase and enhance their talent. Abilympics empower the contestants and help create public awareness about their abilities. National Abilympic Association of India is the official organizer for the event along with Amar Jyoti Charitable Trust, one of groups working with us. It is a member of the International Abilympic Federation. SETU gave donations for purchase of sewing machines for the regional abilympics –north …Read More

Health camp for orphan children in Arunachal Pradesh

Health camp for orphan children in Arunachal Pradesh Children are tomorrow’s future. Most of the kids have their parent’s unconditional love to take care of them but there are some unfortunate ones who lack such support and require a helping hand from the privileged society. SETU team clearly understands this and on a timely basis tries to help these little angels. In one such effort, SETU sponsored a health check up Camp for orphanage children at one of our artisan groups ( OJU welfare association) in Arunachal Pradesh. General medical … Read More

Dolls & Toys Distribution – Mercy Kits

Dolls & Toys Distribution – Mercy Kits SETU distributed dolls and toys to children in different orphanages in India. Most of these kids are girls. This is a sad reality in India & many Asian countries, where families rejoice when a boy is born but mourn the birth of a girl. Many kids have suffered from malnutrition or severe illness since before they got there. This has affected them to the point where they have permanent physical or mental disabilities. Overall, the orphanages don’t have enough resources to support many …Read More

Solar Panels Illuminate Desert Villages – Meeting the energy needs of rural, desert villages

Solar Panels Illuminate Desert Villages – Meeting the energy needs of rural, desert villages The artisan group that creates all of our appliquéd products is scattered throughout several desert villages, far away from cities. Living away from modern infrastructure is challenging because there are no energy plants or cables for distributing energy nearby. This means that our artisans in these areas have no access to electricity. SETU consortium has an ongoing project to provide each house in at least 2 of the villages with a solar … Read More

Girl child awareness programme at Dahod, Gujarat

Girl child awareness programme at Dahod, Gujarat SETU sponsored an educational awareness program for the education of `Girl child’ amongst tribal community the villages of Dahod District. The program was brought into action through one of our artisan groups in Gujarat. In the program, the campaigning team interacted with various girls where the team explained the benefits of girl child education not only to the girls but also to their mothers. Initially the mothers were slightly skeptical about the idea of girl child education and …Read More

DSS Flood Relief

DSS Flood Relief Towards the end of October, 2008, there was massive flooding due to heavy rains in the Mahanadi basin in Orissa and Chhatisgarh. The flooding affected mostly the districts of Puri, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Khurda, Nayagarh, Boudh, Kalahandi, and Rayagara. 2 million people were displaced as a result. SETU consortium donated money to their cause and arranged for medical care of the victims through their partner NGO (Darabar Sahitya Sansad (DSS) in Orissa. They immediately started attending to the needs of … Read More

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