Shakti.ism | शक्तिवादis a social enterprise that provides dignified work for disadvantaged women.
Repurposing and recycling donated sari fabric to create gorgeous, unique fair-trade accessories and gifts, all of which are ethically handmade by the empowered artisans they work with.
Designed in London.
Ethically handmade in India and Bangladesh.
Close to 70% of India’s population lives in rural areas with limited to no access to basic sanitation, health services, or electricity. Lack of access to these basic services contributes to widespread poverty, unemployment, and increasing indebtedness of households. Women in India are often seen as second-class citizens compared to men, so opportunities are even more limited. Women are not often in control of their finances, family situations or even their own earnings, and marginalised, disabled, poor or uneducated women even more so.
By providing an opportunity for marginalised women to obtain transferable skills like sewing, Shakti-ism can help them to achieve financial independence. Empowering women to earn their own steady income means that they will be able to provide food, clothing, and other basic necessities and education for their children and other family members.