Artisan Health & Safety

Free distribution of Sanitary Napkins and Masks to the artisans of SWRC (Hatheli, Tilonia)

With the spread of Covid pandemic, many unfortunate artisans lost their livelihoods. When arranging two square meals a day for their families becomes challenging, the women have to forego the “luxury” of using sanitary napkins. SETU team organized various camps for the women artisans of SWRC (Hatheli, Tilonia) to spread knowledge on the sensitive topic of hygiene during the menstrual cycle and about the precautionary measures to be taken during the current covid 19 pandemic. In each camp, free sanitary napkin packs were distributed to the women, sufficient for at least 3 months. Masks were also distributed. Read More

Free distribution of groceries & sanitary napkins to flood affected artisans in Orissa…

With the onset of pandemic, this year has been very unfortunate for many people, especially the daily wage laborers, artisans and the poor. A group of such artisans is associated with DSS Orissa, one of our partner artisan groups.SETU once again tried to help these artisans by distributing basic necessity items like dry ration, groceries and sanitary napkins. Read More

SETU’s humanitarian initiatives in the times of Covid Crisis...
Free distribution of Masks to the underprivileged ..

SETU distributed 1300 masks, completely free of cost, to artisans & laborers in Jaipur, Rajasthan from 1st to 8th of July 2020. The beneficiaries include artisans, daily wage laborers, sweepers & cleaners etc. They also include roadside vendors who sell fruits & vegetables, roadside ironsmiths and sculptors. The masks are reusable, made from 2 layered, good quality cotton fabric & sewn by our women artisans, following all precautions and hygienic practices. Read More

Spreading awareness on the importance of menstrual hygiene and free distribution of 6-month supplies of sanitary pads

Menstruation is a very sensitive issue and to talk about it openly is still considered a taboo in India, especially when it comes to the rural areas! Most women are not comfortable discussing about it. Keeping proper hygiene in those days of the month is very important as any negligence can give rise to serious infections. Thus, with an objective to raise awareness on the topic of keeping menstrual hygiene & its importance, SETU organized a workshop in our training centers with women ...Read More

Raising awareness about personal hygiene during the menstrual cycle..

Menstruation is a very important part of women’s life and proper information and good hygiene practices are necessary to avoid serious ailments affecting the body. There are many myths associated with the sensitive issue in our country and women specifically from rural areas and economically weaker sections of the society are not aware about the importance of hygiene during the monthly cycle. To raise awareness on the topic, a workshop was conducted by Setu on 10th of August at our training center located in the Sanjay Nagar slum area. Read More

Sponsoring machinery for increasing productivity of bone artisans..
Infrastructural support for artisans..

In a bid to improve their skill sets and productivity, SETU is always committed to support the artisans in every possible way. In the month of August, Setu sponsored Compressor machinery for our artisans making bone jewellery.. The group is engaged in making rare and beautiful jewelry & other artifacts' from bones. In the past, the group was facing a pollution problem at the workplace in which a lot of bone dust was emitted while making the produce, which could cause health issues . We installed pollution control system at the workplace which solved the problem significantly. Now, the artisans work in a dust free environment and are very happy with our support..Read More

Free Eye check-up camp and distribution of spectacles...

SETU is committed to provide access to quality healthcare to its associated artisan groups. To achieve this goal, we conduct health camps at regular intervals. In the series, we organised an eye check-up camp for our partner artisan group, ‘SURE’ , an NGO based in Barmer, Rajasthan. The camp was conducted for a period of four days starting from 24th June to 27th June 2019. It was organised in four remote villages near Chohtan and a large number of artisans showed up at the camp. Read More

Installation of saw-dust control systems for wood carving artisans…
Another initiative towards ensuring artisan health & safety…12

SETU is committed to improve the working conditions and processes of our partner artisans. Ensuring artisan health & safety is one of our primary objectives. And for this, we schedule regular team visits to our associated groups. Last year, in the month of December-18, SETU team (including our CEO Rashmi Dhariwal) visited one of our partner artisan groups engaged in making a varied range of wooden products. We discussed the workplace conditions and any issues of concern faced by the group. It was found that they were in urgent need of …Read More

Providing Infrastructural support to the wood carving artisans..

With an objective to support the underprivileged artisan groups by providing them with required infrastructure & reduce artisan drudgery, SETU team had visited its wood carving artisan group based inU.P. in April 2018. Upon interacting with artisans & assessing the work place, it was found that artisans lacked the basic infrastructure like work shed, machinery & tools & even a storage place to safekeep the finished products. They had to work in open, without adequate tools & their finished goods were prone to damage by … Read More

Providing advanced machinery & fostering Market Readiness…
an endeavor of SETU/ Kallista to uplift the Silver Jewelry artisans..

Since ages, different forms of craft work have been practiced in India and widely appreciated across borders. This is true for Indian silver jewelry & artifacts as well.. Indian men and women have an unmatched inclination towards gold and silver jewelry. Gold & silver are also passed on from generation to generation as heirloom collection! However, with the changing times, people indulged in jewelry making as their ancestral businesses are now shifting to new job avenues in search for better monetary gains. Here, we are talking about … Read More

Providing quality healthcare services to the artisans ..
Health is their most precious asset!

Health and Eye checkup Camp & distribution of spectacles for the wood carving artisans.. Date: 24th September, 2017 SETU strives towards making healthcare accessible to the artisans and in this effort, regularly conducts health camps for the under-privileged artisan groups associated with us. In the series, a full-day health and eye checkup camp was organized for the wood carving artisans on 24th September 2017, in a small town near Bijnor, UP. The region is inhabited by predominantly artisans and their families engaged in wood … Read More

Installing Dust control systems for the jewellery making artisans…
Ensuring artisan health & safety..

dust-removal-project-1 At SETU, we believe in ensuring a safe, healthy and eco-friendly working environment for our partner artisans. This is very essential as the quality of environment in which the artisans work, directly & indirectly impacts their health. The craft work sometimes create dust and smoke that may have an adverse affect on the health of the artisans. Similar scenario was observed when SETU team visited our bone jewellery making artisan group near Moradabad. These artisans make jewellery & other decoratives from bones & horn procured … Read More

Free Eye Check-up Camp and distribution of eye-glasses for the jewellery making artisans..

SETU organised a three day long, free eye check up camp for the jewellery making artisans. Based at New Delhi, the artisan community is specially deft in fine carving skills in bone & metal. Jewellery making is the main source of livelihood for them. They have been associated with SETU for the past many years. Jewellery making is a craft which requires attention to minute details and thus good eyesight. Eyes need to stay focussed during the work and in case of any ailments, it becomes difficult for the artisans to cope-up. Read More

Providing modern furnaces to the copper bell artisans of Bhuj, Kutchh…
ensuring artisan health and safety..

Bell making is a traditional craft of the Muslim Luhar community residing in the Kutchh region of India. The art form is the sole source of income for the majority of the local population here. The work is carried out by the entire family involving women artisans also. In order to make these artisans self sustainable and to provide them a market platform , SETU has partnered with the local NGO Khamir. Copper bell making is a complex process involving many steps like sheet cutting, sheet moulding, bridging and lapping. The bells are heated …Read More

Free Health and Eye Check-up Camp for Wood Carving Artisans

Place: Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh Date: July 24th, 2013 For any artisan, the physical well being is of utmost importance. Their work involves a lot of physical labor and is largely dependent on their state of health, specially the accuracy of their vision! Ironically, due to lack of awareness and struggling financial condition, most artisans keep their health at almost the last priority. For SETU, ensuring health measures for our partner artisans is one of our topmost priorities. In that fray, on the request of our wood craft artisans, SETU … Read More

Free Health Check-up Camp for Crotchet Lace Artisans

Venue: Seetharamapuram, Andhra Pradesh (April 30th, 2013) SETU strives to achieve social, economic and environment sustainability for our partner artisans. Ensuring sound health of artisans is very important for their general well being. Due to lack of awareness, education and many times funds, most artisans are forced to neglect their health and keep health issues at the last priority. It was found that availability of doctors and health facilities were lacking in Seetharamapuram, a small village where our crotchet lace making women … Read More

Ensuring Healthy Work Place For Jewelry Making Artisans

SETU works with many jewelry making artisans, working with sustainable materials like metals, wood, glass, natural seeds, bone, tree resins etc. A large no. of items go through electroplating process. Electroplating is quick and easy process for imparting illuminating fine finish to jewelry. This process can however release acid fumes and may be harmful to artisans if not taken care of. During prior visits to the artisan community, SETU along with the artisans discussed and analyzed any health concerns. After several meetings together and … Read More

Free Health Camp for Artisans at Gwalior

Venue: Srinagar Basti, Thatipur, Gwalior, M.P. (May 13, 2012) SETU organised a free health camp on 13th May 2012 for the families of artisans and craftsmen in Srinagar Basti, Thatipur, Gwalior. Skilled artisans at Gwalior make a wide range of beautiful stone carving products, carpets and Textiles. These handcrafted pieces provide them self-sustainability. SETU follows Fair Trade principles and endeavours to provide health, hygiene and sustainability to artisans. The makers of engaging craft often overlook their health and hygiene …Read More

Generating awareness on sanitation and hygiene

Venue: Gwalior, M.P. (20 May 2011) Poor sanitation is the root cause of many diseases like typhoid and cholera which can sometimes prove to be fatal. But not many people are aware of this and consequently suffer from a range of health ailments which can be easily prevented by taking a few precautionary hygiene measures. Thus, with a view to create awareness on the importance and need of sanitation and hygiene, a workshop was organized at an urban slum at Gwalior. … Read More

Eye Refraction camp for the artisans of desert area

Venue:Dhanau, Barmer, Rajasthan (28th Nov. 2010) We organized an eye camp for our artisans of Dhanau, Barmer, Rajasthan on 28th Nov. 2010. It was in association with `Viva Terra’, one of our special customers based in USA. It was organized for our artisans at `Social work and Research Centre’ (Barefoot College), social activity wing of our partner artisan Cooperative `Hatheli’, based in Tilonia Rajasthan. The co-operative trains rural men and women in varied activities to make themselves sustainable; traditional crafts like embroidery, …Read More

Safety kits distribution to Copper Bell Artisans

(September 2010) As part of our ongoing commitment to artisans’ health and safety, more safety kits were distributed to the bell making artisans of Kutch region in association with local NGO Khamir who is working towards revitalizing this craft since long. Need for safety kits arises due to nature of this art form. The bell making art involves heating of iron structures coated with brass and copper powders, the process needing high temperature furnaces. Majority of the artisans still lack professional manufacturing infrastructure and … Read More

Safety kits for Bell making artisans

(June 2010) Bell making is a traditional craft of the Muslim Luhar community residing in the Kutchh region of India. One section of the Luhar ironsmiths specialized in making copper & brass coated iron bells for cows, buffaloes, camels and sheep. Due to consecutive droughts, the cattle breeders could not buy bells regularly for their cattle over the years. The demand for these bells thus declined locally and the bell making craft came to the verge of dying. SETU has been trying to promote their bells in the international market. We have … Read More

Eye check up camp for women artisans of the desert areas

(May 2010) For artisans, art is their soul. It assumes the highest priority for them not only because it is their source of income but also something very close to their heart, being an inheritance of their forefathers which they cherish throughout their lives. Art is their identity. A majority of the art, be it embroidery, appliqué work, hand block printing, bell making or anything else requires intensive use of eyes. Eyes are the most important tools for an artisan and this is especially true for those who do minute work like embroidery. … Read More

General Health check-up Camp at Gwalior

General Health check-up Camp at Gwalior-18th April 2010 SETU organized a health camp for the marginalized and downtrodden sections of the society at Gwalior. The target population consisted of below poverty Line people, Carpet weaving artisans and the like. Basic motive behind the camp was to lend a helping hand to the less fortunate people who otherwise are not able to get even the basic medical facilities. Location for the camp was a Community Center at Gendewali Sadak, Gwalior; it was selected as majority of the target … Read More

Taking Guard of artisan’s health

Taking Guard of artisan’s health Artisans are experts in their respective skills but they do not care much about their health; one of the reason being that they can’t afford it and the other is their ignorance or lack of information on these matters. Working with a large number of artisans, we are aware of their sufferings and therefore consider it as our responsibility to support them. In one of our visits to a group of wood-carving artisans in Bijnour we were exposed to some ground realities. These artisans while working get exposed to … Read More

Workshop on Health Safety and Quality

Workshop on Health Safety and Quality SETU, as part of its policy, organizes workshops for the artisan groups on a regular basis. These are an effective way to interact with artisans and know about their problems in a short period of time. In one such effort, a workshop was organized for our artisans near Bijnour (U.P.). These artisans are basically wood carvers. The three basic topics covered in the workshop were safety, health and quality. The importance of all three were emphasized. Artisans were also distributed written material in …Read More

HIV/AIDS awareness camp for sex workers at Reshampura-Badnapura

HIV/AIDS awareness camp for sex workers at Reshampura-Badnapura on 12th Nov. 2009 The villages of Badnapura and Reshampura are inhabited by the people of Bedia community. Bedia is a traditional sex worker community. They have been living here for more than 50 years. The history of this community shows that in olden times, the Royal families and local lords, promoted this community for their entertainment because of their expertise in signing and dancing. With time, this became a profession for this community and developed into full-fledged … Read More

Health camp for orphan children in Arunachal Pradesh

Health camp for orphan children in Arunachal Pradesh Children are tomorrow’s future. Most of the kids have their parent’s unconditional love to take care of them but there are some unfortunate ones who lack such support and require a helping hand from the privileged society. SETU team clearly understands this and on a timely basis tries to help these little angels. In one such effort, SETU sponsored a health check up Camp for orphanage children at one of our artisan groups ( OJU welfare association) in Arunachal Pradesh. General medical …Read More