Organizing for Results in Ahmedabad

The Self-Employed Women’s Association helps create better livelihoods for home-based workers and street vendors in Ahmedabad and addresses informal workers’ basic needs around childcare and literacy.

Street Vendors

SEWA used advocacy and organizing to help street vendors
achieve these results:
ScalesSEWA’s coordinated and long-term effort resulted in the passage of the historic Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act in 2014.

Home-Based Workers

HomeHome-based work is also characterized by irregular hours, low and irregular income, poor and dangerous working conditions, and a lack of social protection such as healthcare, insurance, childcare and shelter. SEWA helped improve these conditions by:
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Childcare Centres

SEWA also recognizes informal workers need access to low-cost, high quality childcare. SEWA’s childcare centres provide these benefits to children and families:
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Literacy Training

After studying the needs of women in the informal economy, SEWA Academy designed literacy training in Gujarati letters, Gujuarti and English numbers, simple to complex spellings, names of days and months, and how to sign and spell one’s own names, and spell the names of family members. Participants can now:
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