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Self Employed Women : A Profile of SEWA's Membership (NEW RESEARCH)

"Self Employed Women : A Profile of SEWA's Membership" is part of a project undertaken by SEWA Academy Visiting Professor,  Dr. Martha Chen of Harvard University and WIEGO. This project "SEWA at Thirty" takes place during SEWA's thirtieth year.

The booklet gives the overview of SEWA’s Membership and in-depth profiles of key trade groups among the members. The booklet presents living standards, economic status and socila status of  SEWA's members. The booklet also describe the specific work arrangements of nine of the large trade groups in SEWA's membership.  The booklet also includes how members of SEWA participate in the organisation, the leadership that emerges from the general membership and the solidarity that is built among the members.

The document is divided in 5 Parts, click individual link to download each part.

Contents (3.38 MB),

Part I (11.4 MB), Part II (9.26 MB), Part III (20.7 MB), Part IV (4.42 MB), Part V (7.98 MB),

Towards Economic Freedom: The Impact of SEWA

This booklet, entitled "Towards Economic Freedom: The Impact of SEWA" is part of a SEWA at Thirty project that we, along with Dr. Martha Chen of WIEGO and Harvard University, undertook in 2002 at SEWA's thirtieth anniversary. The specific purpose of this first booklet is to take stock of SEWA's impact over the past thirty years.

The booklet presents the evidence collected in 21 impact studies that were explicitly designed to assess the impact on its members of specific SEWA services and strategies or of SEWA as a whole. The booklet further summarizes the impact of SEWA's organizing and related strategies on specific trade groups as reported by SEWA organizers and in SEWA documents. The booklet also includes a summary of SEWA's impacts on the wider environment, including policies, laws, and regulations; and it details the risks or crises faced by SEWA members and the ability of SEWA members to cope with crises of various kinds.

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Taking Care Of Our Children: The Experience Of SEWA Union
The book offers a multidimensional examination of the rationale, process and impact of Sewa’s work in collaboration with I.C.D.S. programme. It highlights a case study, which brings forth the human dimensions of social change. It depicts valuable lessons derived from the Sewa’s insights of how woman’s’ work and childcare can be managed efficiently. This paper has been translated in Gujarati and Hindi.
Year: 1992
Study / Research conducted by: Mirai Chatterjee, Jyoti Macwan

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My Life My Work
The aim of this study is to measure the impact of a grassroots women organisation. This study examines not only economic aspects, but the sociological aspects of the development as well. Sewa aims at making women economically and socially self-reliant.This study indicates the following issues: employment generation, income; assets creation, education, childcare, participation in decision-making at family and societal level, self-perception.
Year: 1993
Study / Research conducted by: Renana Jhabvala, Namrata Bali
Partner organisation: UNESCO

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We Can We Will: Women's Empowerment And DWCRA Programme 
The paper describes the lives of women in Banaskantha, the arid zone of North Gujarat. It brings out Sewa’s experiences of working with our integral scheme of the Government of India. DWCRA (Development of Women and Children in Rural Areas) programme and how it led to the women’s empowerment.
Year: 1994, 2nd Edition: 1999
Study / Research conducted by: Reema Nanavaty

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Wage Fixation For Homebased Piece Rate Workers 
This is a technical paper, which was presented at the ILO conference, Geneva, in June 1995. The paper is based on the study of homebased piece rate workers and lay stress on the appropriate minimum wage fixation. The paper has been translated in Gujarati.
Year: 1995
Study / Research conducted by: Renana Jhabvala, Rahima Shaikh, SEWA Acadmy Team

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Beyond Credit: Sewa’s Approach to Women’s Empowerment and Influence on Women’s Reproductive Lives in Urban India
This report presents findings from a small qualitative study of SEWA. The methodology consisted of interviews with SEWA staff, review of documents, on formal observation of activities at SEWA bank, Training Academy and some urban neighbourhoods in which SEWA works and a series of semi-structures interviews with 32 SEWA members and 18 nonmembers from the same urban communities. This report highlights some of the changes that are underway, both in the society at large, and in the lives of the individual women, and discussed the role of SEWA as a catalyst for change. The authors compare the findings from their Bangladesh Research and reflect on the differences.
Year: 1995
Study / Research conducted by: Sidney Schuller, Syed Hashmi, and Harshida Pandit

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Subcontracted Woman Workers in the Global Economy: Case of Garment Industry in India
This report supported by the Women’s Economic and Legal Rights Programme of the Asia Foundation, selected the case of garment manufacturing industry and for detailed micro-level analysis the garment industry in the city of Ahmedabad. The approach is comprehensive, right from tracing the background and macroeconomic analysis, to policies related to garment industry, with analysis of sub-contracting chains, focuses on the women workers, their position vis a vis men and finally discusses the organizing strategies for garment workers and policy implications emerging from the study.
Year: 1999
Study / research conducted by: Jeemol Unni, Namrata Bali, Jignasa Vyas

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Our Barefoot Doctors: The Midwives Of SEWA
In this book the role of dais is highlighted. There are some recommendations by dais and by Sewa.
Year: 2000
Study / Research conducted by: SEWA Academy

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Reclaiming Childhood: A Case Study Of Childcare Centers For The Children Of Saltpan Workers
In this book main issues and problems of saltpan workers are discussed. Sewa conducted a survey of the salt workers of Surendranagar in 1996. Study findings and recommendations are given in detail.
Year: 2000
Study / Research conducted by: SEWA Academy

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The Gum Collectors: Struggling To Survive In The Dry Areas Of Banaskantha
This book gives information about the poor situation of gum collectors. There is a highlights of the survey carried out in 1997 by Sewa. There are some recommendations to bring a change in the present policies and in the situation of gum collectors. There is also a profile of one of the gum collectors of Santalpur taluka.
Year: 2000
Study / Research conducted by: SEWA Academy

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The Fragrance Of Hard Work: Women incense Stick Rollers Of Gujarat
This book provides information about agarbatti makers. Here is described the procedure of agarbatti making, types of workers, success stories of agarbatti rolling workers, occupational health problems, updates of Sewa’s struggle for minimum wages and social security.
Year: 2000
Study / research conducted by: SEWA Academy

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Labouring Brick By Brick: A Study Of Construction Workers
Outline information is given about construction workers of Gujarat; how they were organised and what are their concerns, etc. Key findings are given of a survey conducted by Sewa about the socio-economic aspects of the lives of construction workers of Ahmedabad city.
Year: 2000
Study / Research conducted by: SEWA Academy

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Our Health is our Only Wealth
(A study on the health of members of the SEWA) Health Baseline
This booklet is a study of the health of members of the SEWA conducted by the authors with members of SEWA’s Grassroot Research Team. This report focuses on members’ morbidity patterns, utility of health services, reproductive health and response to SEWA’s health services. The study takes into account socio economic status, awareness and addresses dominant health needs with emphasis on reproductive health through the life cycle. A summary of overall implications is also included.
Year: 2000
Study / research conducted by: Bijal Raval, Sapna Desai, Surbhi Modi

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Multiple Work Status of Women in Informal Economy
There is an ongoing debate on how to deal with poverty in the area of liberalisation and Globalisation. Unfortunately many of the solution being proposed do not really correspond to existing situations, especially in developing countries. This has led to the exclusion of the majority of the poor who work in the informal economy from the solution being proposed, not because there is any intention to exclude them, but, just because they do ' fit in '. One of the ways in which the workers in the informal economy do not ' fit in ' is that many of them are not confined to one sector or to one type of work, but vary their work depending on the season or the availability of work. In other words a worker engages in many types of work throughout the year.

However, especially for poor women, the income they earn from any one type of work, is usually insufficient to meet their needs. So they are forced to do more than one type of work even within the course of a day. In SEWA we faced the problem both in classification as well as in programming. Should a woman who sells vegetables and also makes kites at home be classified as a vegetable vendor or as a kite maker ? Will she be covered by social security fund for homebased workers ?

From this study, we come to know that women are engaged in more than one work. But there are some women who are still doing one work only, that may be because they might be earning enough from one work or they want to do other work but don’t get it or they don’t have the skill to do that particular work.
Year: 2001
Study / research conducted by: Bijal Raval, SEWA Academy Research Team

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Transforming Water into Money
The conventional aims of domestic water supply projects are improved welfare and public health. However, having more water close to the home also has the potential of significant economic benefits. This is particularly so in (semi)arid areas, where women spend long hours in collecting drinking water and lack other water sources for productive use, such as dairying, crafts, horticulture, etc. Women seldom have a chance to influence the design and operation of water projects for their productive use of water and time. This pilot research has assessed in the field, and with the women and men concerned, the relevance of these uses, their impact on gender relations and the implications for policies, project design and operations management.
Year: May 2001
Study / research conducted by: SEWA, FPI, IRC
Partner organisation: SIDA

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Life Stories of 13 SEWA Members regarding Basic Security
Thirteen life stories of self employed women workers are recorded here with case study methodology tracing their socio economic background, through childhood and marriage, financial ordeals, how they face the ups and downs, mostly downs of life, and how they overcome these. Their first brushes with SEWA are recorded with the strong bonds that develop with the organization over the years. Many of these beneficiaries themselves become leaders and show the way out of deprivation to more afflicted sisters.
Study / research conducted by: Shanta Koshti, Nafisa Khalil, Purshottam Vankar

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