WORK+SHELTER

WORK+SHELTER

Handmade Gifts from India

WORK+SHELTER (W+S) is a social enterprise, empowering women in New Delhi, India.

At W+S New Delhi, women are entered into a paid training program, where they learn sewing, production management, and other skills to create high-quality products for the export market. The only hiring prerequisite is demonstrated economic need. When the woman completes training and begins to produce, full-time employment at a fair trade wage awaits in a healthy, supportive, and empowering work environment.

The women of W+S produce high-quality, ethically made, sustainability-focused, customized sewn goods, while upholding a community of self-reliant, optimistic, professional female seamstresses and staff.

W+S is proud of their sweatshop-free labor, fair wage, and livelihood benefits provided for employees. Each of the women earn 3 times the standard wage in India and is guaranteed income security, like savings support and their own bank account. This minimizes their financial dependency on often abusive spouses, charity, or exploitative work. W+S also provides daycare services, interest free loans, family counseling and healthcare services. They also ensure school enrollment for the children of the women.

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W+S is engaged in eco-friendly practices on a daily basis. Many of the gift items are designed for fabrics made of plastic bottles, and organic cotton. Shipments are consolidated whenever possible to reduce their carbon footprint.

Photos from WORK+SHELTER

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