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Livelihoods

India

 

Economic opportunities that ensure sustainable livelihoods to rural artisans

The problem

Across India, more than 100 million people rely on the textile and handicrafts sector as their main source of income. However, for rural artisans who are overwhelmingly women, they often lack the access and skills necessary to operate on the wider market, and more than 50% of households that rely on the handlooms industry live under the poverty line.

The Solution

RangSutra works with artisan cooperatives from rural villages to source textiles that are then turned into finished garments and sold to wholesale buyers and retailers. The social business also provides skills trainings, design inputs, and small-scale financing to support the development of the artisans and the cooperatives.

The Impact

RangSutra works with more than 2,500 artisans who have seen an average income increase of more than five times their original incomes.

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“A charity dollar has one life -

a social business dollar can be invested over and over again”

Prof. Muhammad Yunus