Till November 2019, over 5,000+ mats were made at this centre!

Till November 2019, over 5,000+ mats were made at this centre!

Till November 2019, over 5,000+ mats were made at this centre!

‘In 2018 less than a quarter of women aged 15 and above participated in the labour force despite India’s rapid economic growth in the past decade’, says World Bank’s September 2019 Report. Even though we see this all around us, in Palghar, not too far from Mumbai, a largely tribal area, most tribal women only find work as labourers in nearby field, only in monsoon season.. Rest of the year they struggle to get odd jobs to survive. In September 2019 when Goonj started an Aasan (Sitting Matt) Making Centre in Palghar, women here found a new livelihood source. “My husband is a driver, and his income is not steady. Arranging for school fees for children, medicine for my mother in law and other necessities becomes a challenge. I used to work in the field to support my family but as soon as I came to know about Aasan centre, I left that job and joined here. The best part of this job is that I don’t have to work under the sun anymore“ shared Kalpana, one of the trainees. These women received proper training around using last shreds of cloth to make sitting mats (Aasan) that becomes a part of Goonj’s School Kits.
Till November 2019, over 5,000+ mats were made at this centre!