Providing dignified livelihoods to women in vulnerable communities by making eco friendly products
We strive to provide an alternative and dignified livelihood to erstwhile women waste-pickers in Ghazipur, Delhi by creating eco-friendly products using discarded flowers (sourced from the adjoining wholesale flower market), fabric waste and recycled paper. An average waste-picker woman in Ghazipur earns about Rs 6000-8000 per month. However, this comes at the cost of her health and safety. To improve the quality of life of 350 such waste-picker households, Gulmeher initiated its livelihood programs which were safer, healthier and dignified. It demonstrated the value that can be generated by materials considered to be waste and empower them to take command of their livelihood. At Gulmeher, we are committed to the green agenda and we believe that creating beautiful products can go hand in hand with environmental and social development
At Gulmeher, we are committed to the green agenda and we believe that creating beautiful products can go hand in hand with environmental and social development.
PHOOL PATTI UNIT
We began by training erstwhile women waste-pickers to make products from discarded flowers and recycled paper in May 2013. These women were skilled to hand-craft stationery products, home decor and gifting items.
RANG BIRANGI UNIT
As women from neighbouring low income communities joined the center, we launched our Rang Birangi unit, specializing in natural colours from flowers and vegetables. These colours are safe, fragrant, eco-friendly and chemical-free.
SUI DHAGA UNIT
We trained women in stitching for orders from buyers like Rangsutra as well as Gulmeher’s own brand which focuses on home decor, shopping bags etc.
The Cause Behind The Craft
The Cause Behind the Craft: Creates livelihood opportunities for women transitioning out of waste-picking
Where it Began
- Established in 2013 in Ghazipur, to provide alternative livelihood for women waste-pickers
- Currently being supported by Shakti Foundation
- Training and employing at-risk women.
- Focus on empowering women through a women-run center.
- 15 tons of discarded flowers re-used
- More than 2 tonnes of fabric waste re-used
Making Lives Better
- More than 200 women trained into skilled artisans
- 35 women earning dignified livelihoods