In this domain we focus on men and women from marginalized sections of the communities to build capacity for income generation. These can be in any of the three districts that we work in. We also have the main center in Darjeeling where we make products and sell them in the market locally and internationally.
OBJECTIVES OF THE INTERVENTION:
- To train and build the capacity in the community to be able to earn a sustainable income to support their families.
- To create high quality knitted and tailored products so as to promote textile, handicraft and fair trade products in the local and international market.
- To create a community from low income and vulnerable communities who are skilled, confident and feel safe in their circle of strength.
- To promote a culture of Entrepreneurship and responsible business in the wider community.
Our primary means of income generation is through weaving handicrafts of traditional fabrics and carpets, knitting and sewing. After the vocational training period of three months, women get a certificate so that they can search for work outside of Hayden Hall. Alternatively, they may choose to avail themselves of our raw materials, designs and marketing facilities by selling their products to the Hayden Hall Shop where they are assured fair wages for their work.
Since 1972, we have trained 20,036 women, some of whom still work at Hayden Hall. Workers practice traditional hand-weaving of fabrics for bags, coats, shawls, bedspreads etc.
HAND-CRAFTED PRODUCTS FROM HAYDEN HALL’S ARTISANS
Each year we focus on 3 batches of 20 women each with whom we conduct training on the products. Once they are skilled on the products we focus on the following 3 areas:
through which we enable the women to start their own business and over the years to get sustainable income. Hayden Hall’s products can be specially ordered by specifying your choice of available colours and weaves.