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Title: Livelihood and Access to Asset Perspective from Self


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Livelihood and Access to Asset Perspective
from Self Employed Womens Association (SEWA)
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SELF- EMPLOYED WOMENS ASSOCIATION (SEWA), Bharat
  • A trade union of poor women working in informal
    economy. An Organization (Member based) and a
    Movement (Women, labour and cooperative)
  • Membership of over 1.9 million informal economy
    women workers in 13 states of India.
  • SEWA Bharat Federation of SEWAs across India.
  • Intervention focused on women workers
    livelihood, income, health, housing,
    microfinance, capacity building, education, skill
    building, government scheme linkages.

Women as Workers and Producers.
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Vulnerabilities
  • Irregular work underemployed, marketable skills,
    access to credit market.
  • Low income low piece-rates, tools and
    technology, overhead cost.
  • Lack of basic services Housing, water and
    sanitation
  • Access to finance Risk resilience, money
    lenders, rigid schemes of formal banking.
  • Displacement and eviction Exclusionary cities,
    space, illegality.
  • Exploitation Extortion of illegal money.
  • Health and safety Personal, occupational and
    family Loss of employment, Expenditure cost.
  • Social Protection Childcare, Old-age, maternity.
  • Lack of recognition as workers Invisibility in
    Plans, Policies and laws.

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Intervention models -Access to productive
resources.
Productive Resources Approach Institutions and Programs
Finance Address Life-cycle needs, inculcates saving, loans for productive and income activities, Door-step financing, Cash flow, financial counselling, Self help groups, Thrift and credit cooperative, SEWA Bank.
Market Direct market linkages for transparent supply chain, women led institution, Collective voice and bargaining power, leadership, Skill up-gradation. Cooperatives of Incense stick producers, weavers, garment workers, farmers.
Tools and technology Customised services (Lighting devices, agricultural equipment's, machines, water-pumps). Renewable energy Program and Agricultural development.
Health Access to health care service, reduction in health expenditure. Reproductive health, child care, insurance , awareness.
Housing Home as workplace. Access to infrastructure ( electricity, SEWA Housing Company, credit for construction of toilets.
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Comments
  • Challenges
  • Step Forward
  • Voice and representation as workers.
  • Conducive Policy Framework.
  • Exclusionary city planning and development.
  • Access to newer technologies.
  • Access to market information.
  • Empowerment through organising.
  • Strong organisations of women workers and
    leaders.
  • Inclusion in plans, policies (representation,
    statistics).
  • Understanding diverse needs of women workers.
  • Sustainable livelihood models.

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