Anchal, India, October 2012
Our fall 2013 travel program includes a trip to India and we will be able to spend time with participants in this program.
The Mission: Anchal merges design, business, and education to empower marginalized and exploited women living in India.
Program Summary: Commercial sex workers (CSWs) in India have limited options to improve their lives. Anchal offers an income-generating option, training in regional kantha quilt making.
Anchal provides seed funding, design guidance including an annual, on-site design workshop in narrative textiles, and access to U.S. markets. Anchal is partnering with Indian NGO Anoothi to recruit CSWs, provide the workshop space and hire a local project manager to oversee the operation.
Anchal artisans make 33% more than they would as CSWs and are also provided with healthcare and education workshops. Starting in 2012, 5% of sales will be donated to an education scholarship fund for artisans' children. DFW's grant of $49,377 will support 32 CSWs in becoming full-time Anchal artisans.
Why we love this program: This is a life changing program for CSWs in India, and this is the first time DFW has supported such a program. By offering an alternative to the otherwise demeaning and dangerous work performed by CSWs, this program helps women rediscover their self-worth, their potential and creativity, and helps them become role models and providers for their families and communities.
- CL Talking Points (PDF, DOC)
- Fair Trade Books, Films, and Music (PDF)
- Food for Thought (PDF, DOC)
- Fact Sheet (PDF, DOCX)
- Presentation (PDF, PPTX)
- Presentation Script (PDF, DOCX)
- Recipes (PDF, DOCX)
- Speaker Contact List (PDF)
Program website: http://www.anchalproject.org
Executive Director Colleen Clines sent a letter to Dining for Women thanking us for our support and telling of the impact our funding will have. It is a moving and personal look inside how our efforts make a difference. Read the letter.
Anchal has been very much connected to Dining for Women recently. Colleen was kind enough to be a part of our 10th anniversary event in June. She note only presented a program on Anchal and its impact, but she and her mom, Elizabeth, participated in our marketplace. They sold out several of the inventory before lunch.
Dining for Women is not the only good news on the Anchal front. During her presentation at the conference, Colleen announced a new partnership with Urban Outfitters. For the program - called Urban Renewal - Anchal artisans will create quilted materials for vintage dress and jacket designs to be sold through all the Urban Outfitters outlets.
This post on the Anchal blog is full of stories and photos from a recent workshop. Very inspiring.
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Anchal Program Overview