Help the women handloom weavers in economic development of northern region of Himalaya, India



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  • Description


    Our organisation was formed in the year 2014 after a divesting flood which destroyed the upper reaches of the Garhwal Himalaya in the north India state of Uttarakhand on June 16, 2013. Thousands of people died, infrastructure was destroyed, and the local economy shattered. Madanakini valley was worst hit by it. Hardly any village in the area was untouched by this monstrous disaster. Household lost their bread-earner, women were widow, agricultural land was destroyed and farm animals swept in the flood. The way of life which had sustained the area for generations had come to an end.

    To restore the situation and generate livelihood, in the region we formed a group of 300 women and trained them in spinning, weaving and knitting to generate self-employment in the region. These women are now adapt in making yarn from sheep wool, hemp and other local fibers and now producing beautiful products to sell in the market. With this traditional craft skills they are making beautiful stalls, waist coats, fabric and shawls. We are promoting self-sustaining hand-loom-based livelihood for disasters affected families and also link them to the mainstream market for sustainable income.

    We want to take it to next level, so we need help of self-driven volunteers to help us in management. We need people who could help us in designing new products, its marketing & promotion.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will enjoy the stunning view of the snow mountains, learn local culture and traditions. Get a chance to participate in local ceremonies and festivals. There are lots of small and long treks to explore nearby in Kedarghati.

  • Help


    We need volunteers to help us in marketing and product promotions. We also need skilled people to help in designing new products, maintaining website and help in management.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Hindi: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    There are rooms available on sharing basis, two single beds in each room. There is attached bathroom with western commode. Help in the kitchen and cleaning the house will be appreciated.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Trek in the mountains.
    Visit the Kedarnath, ancient lord Shiva temple built in 8th century (opens only may to ocotber mid)
    Tungnath temple, another ancient lord shiva highest temple.
    Famous Deoria Tal (natural lake)

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 135534631579