As part of our efforts here at Collectivitea to promote social enterprise, we are excited to feature organizations on our blog that are working with their local communities to support, promote and empower. I want to start off with Aham Bhumika, an India-based organization that was referred to us by a long-time OUATT reader. Aham Bhumika is a non-governmental organization (NGO) working in 2 villages in the northern Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. “The NGO works in two villages namely Borda and Mahabadia adjacent to each other and located in the outskirts of Bhopal. Besides basic education of rural children, the NGO has a livelihood initiative wherein it has trained more than 30 rural women and girls in hand embroidery work in past two years. The core aim of this initiative is to enable rural women to earn a livelihood. The embroidered panels are made into cushion covers, tote bags and zipper pouches in the stitching unit comprising of another small group of rural women. Aham Bhumika is constantly looking out for new opportunities to provide work for the embroidering hands and trying to make them self-sustained.”
The organization offers these products, pillow covers, totes and clutches, for sale and you can support them by visiting their website, shopping from their Facebook page and finding out how you can get involved.
All images are courtesy of Aham Bhumika.