Our Mysore co-operative, 'Sanmaan Exports', currently works with 78 women. A number of the women were recruited from segments of society where many are sole income earners for their families. Their goal is to provide a stable and sustainable income for themselves and their dependents and we are delighted with their success. Our members earn an above average wage and their income has risen by 40% since 2009. We provide a secure and happy environment for our members, who are trained to handcraft re-usable and recyclable cottons bags, fabric gift-wrap and kitchen accessories. Within 3 - 6 months of extensive training they confidently sew high quality products for export, worldwide. Fair trade and caring for the environment lies at the heart of our operation alongside our passions for promoting the progression of the women who work with us.
We provide the flexibility for some of our trained members to work from home in order for them to find a perfect work-life balance. Sewing machines & raw materials are distributed and our inspection team monitors the entire home sewing process. This allows our members to gain confidence, independence and to become more entrepreneurial. Home producers are awarded a special bonus for their efforts in producing gift-wraps so as to encourage this method of working.
Gumballi – Our Newest Co-operative
Set in rural surrounds about an hour away from Mysore, our second independent co-operative opened in 2014. Now, in 2017, we have increased the membership to 25 women. Our members have agricultural backgrounds, have been trained to sew our products with skill and, most importantly, confidence. Each member has succeeded in producing on average 10 bags per day and they are already competing with the established Sanmaan co-op. We hope to continue to increase our membership and to expand the range of products they make.