Livelihood

Sujni, a story with many layers

Sujni, a story with many layers

An innovative idea born out of need. Sujni is the traditional cloth quilt of rural India layered with tattered and shredded pieces of clothes stitched together. It’s used as a quilt in winters and as a mattress in summers. Worldwide disaster wastage is a common phenomenon resulting from a mismatch between what is given and what is needed or due to insensitivities in giving.

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Developing training centers with old Sewing machines

Developing training centers with old Sewing machines

The waste cloth generated from the cities is channelised to some villages where women are learning stitching on sewing machines at a GOONJ training center. Apart from employment and income, the work helps to channelise vast quantities of waste and un-wearable cloth. In West Bengal women and young girls are also creating beautiful dresses out of the over sized clothes and cloth pieces that we receive.

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‘Not even differently abled – Just abled’

‘Not even differently abled – Just abled’

Goonj salutes the sheer grit, passion and commitment of the few in Goonj, who have come out of their disability and made a space for themselves.

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Vaapsi- Restoring lives

Vaapsi- Restoring lives

Pass a beggar on the road and one often hears “kuch kaam kyu nahi karte?”(why don’t you do some work?) routinely hurled at them. Ever wondered where do these people come from – unlettered, unskilled and devoid of any resources? Someone probably left home after floods hit his village or water scarcity killed his dreams of a good crop or the lack of resources drove his family occupation to closure.

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