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characters We Are Poor but So Many: The Story of Self-Employed Women in India ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ↠ Ela Bhatt is widely recognized as one of the world's most remarkable pioneers and entrepreneurial forces in grassroots development Known as the gentle revolutionary she0 members Today it has a total membership of 700000 women making it the largest single primary trade union in India Bhatt lead SEWA to form a cooperative bank in 1974 with a share capital of 30000 that offered microcredit loans to help women save and become financially independent Today the SEWA Cooperative Bank has 15 million in working capital and than 30000 depositors with a loan return rate of 94 percent Through years of organization and strategic action Ela Bhatt developed SEWA from a small often ignored group into a powerful trade union and bank with allies around the world During the last three decades SEWA's efforts to increase the bargaining power economic opportunities health security legal representation and organizational abilities of Indian women have brought dramatic improvements to hundreds of thousands of lives and influenced similar initiatives around the globe We Are Poor but So Many is a first hand account of the vision. the first book that i was reading related to social studies of India According to me what SEWA has done throughout India by empowering poor women or women of the un organized sector by giving them work is a inspiring and encouraging When i first saw Ela bhatt on internet i found her a normal old women nothing much great about her though i was inspired by her views on poverty and that's itBut when i read the book i was awestruck by the amount of work this timid lady did She had set up the largest co operative group SEWA sewa bank and many health and insurance related schemes for the poorThis book will change the perspective of employment and jobs that we see people doing Her journey was amazing and throughout the book you would get so inspired by the poor women's will the fight for change their thirst for education and talent of earning moneyThis book also gives the beautiful insights on the day to day lives of the rural people how hard they are working and meager they are earning but they still daily they work some of the nice uotes that i found were that poor are subsiding the economy with hard work And one this i got to know from this book is farmers are the sole producers who have no control over the price of their product but the control of their entire produce rest in the hands of the middle men who exploit these people

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Ela Bhatt is widely recognized as one of the world's most remarkable pioneers and entrepreneurial forces in grassroots development Known as the gentle revolutionary she has dedicated her life to improving the lives of India's poorest and most oppressed citizens In India where 93 percent of the labor force are self employed 94 percent of this sector are women Yet self employed women have historically enjoyed few legal protections or worker's rights In fact most are illiterate and subject to exploitation and harassment by moneylenders employers and officials Witnessing the terrible conditions faced by women working as weavers stitchers cigarette rollers and waste collectors Ela Bhatt began helping these women to organize themselves In 1972 Ela Bhatt founded the Self Employed Women's Association SEWA to bring poor women together and give them ways to fight for their rights and earn better livings Three years after SEWA was founded it had 700. This book is not only an extraordinary account of Ela Bhatt a phenomenal Indian woman who changed the lives of millions of poor women in India but it also thoroughly tells tales of SEWA a powerful cooperation founded by Ela Bhatt and run by poor women and women of India What is self employedBeing poor women and self–employed In this particular story self employed is the situation where a lot of poor women doesn’t exist nor is protected in any organization or corporation–no healthcare insurance no social security no employment benefit nothing However they would work in the unprotected condition hard labor with very little pay day to day They sell fruits and vegetables in the street stitch in their homes at piece rate for middlemen work as laborers in wholesale commodity markets load unload merchandise dig earth collect recyclable garbage and on and on Their income depends on how much they work And because they are women they get paid less than men Most importantly the burden of running the family had fallen to them–to earn money and feed the family Who is Ela Bhatt and SEWA If I didn’t have the reading goal nor hunt down the women pioneers around the world I wouldn’t know even her name let alone the impact of how she changed and is changing the world Ela Bhatt was born and raised in India in Gandhian parents She graduated and became a lawyer for Textile government firm In 1972 A day called for life changing for her when she went on a field work one day and saw numbers of women headloaders working tirelessly with very little pay She wanted to help fought injustice and improved the lives of fellow Indian sisters She approached one of the woman headloaders and interviewed her and discussed how she could help Then another woman came to join then another and another Ela organized the meeting with them regularly arranged ways to sort out a fair system with the middlemen and the government They had a small office and called it Self Employed Women’s Association SEWA under Ela’s authority in Textile government office But the government benefit nothing from SEWA and later fired them Ela continued to run SEWA and the members continue to grow She and the team went to the city slums and met with women rag pickers and provided help and support Right around the time when SEWA started to grow rapidly a bright and young Oxford grads heard about SEWA and asked to join Now that SEWA became a powerful house providing help and live improvement system to many poor women it also became an ecosystem platform of the women helping each other They went to investigate garment stitchers street vendors embroiders gum collectors and so on With a lot of members growing they established their own Bank ran by a former VP from the national bank who came to join SEWA They also built a healthcare system to protect and support the member and their family I want to strongly highlight that banking and healthcare are two very important infrastructures for all working people All the members of SEWA is poor and they don’t have access to the credit and loan in the regular banks nor being protected by an organizational system It was mind blowing to me to learn about the SEWA community and how they created their dynamic empire with banking and healthcare system SEWA rebuilding the women’s lives providing housing credit training medical help and the comfort and company of other working women All these strictly for poor strictly for women and strictly run by women SEWA was founded 47 years ago in 2013 they have 1916676 members and continue to grow This was only one act of compassion of a woman who fights for injustice Ela BhattMy personal take away from this powerful story was first entrepreneurship and startup Although only after 2007 that these two words became trendy but Ela is truly an original entrepreneur who wants to solve the problem and the way she put together the puzzle of unknown to improve lives found SEWA and sustainably putting growth on it Second the power of network I discovered along with the reading that the growth of SEWA attracted a lot of high profile women who simply wanted to help It is a giant web of professionals who spread the goody Fundamentally the backbone of SEWA is the members itself The women come together hold hands connect hearts help each other and with the support system of SEWA they recruit women provide help and support all over India Imagine the social the culture and the capital value they createWhen government fail to serve and support the citizens the people rise and thrive on their own SEWA could be a role model for many countries that are struggling with the country’s development and political crisis Is this relate to you and your countryThe story of Ela Bhatt and SEWA inspire me in so many ways especially as a woman who work 9 5 and is running a startup I strongly hope that her name and her story will be in every corner of the world I wish all the women look up to her Ela Bhatt the women pioneerThis 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We Are Poor but So Many The Story of Self Employed Women in IndiaRise and success of SEWA in India as well as internationally The book begins with a history of the early days of SEWA and an exploration of the Ghandian philosophy that helped shape SEWA's formation and vision It follows with an account of the struggles and challenges that SEWA faced in its journey and describes how these were addressed and overcome It then explores the freedom that SEWA has facilitated for women working in the informal economy by presenting several inspirational stories of individual SEWA members The final chapter describes the international extension of SEWA's work the challenges that women face in the informal economy worldwide and how SEWA can be effectively replicated in other parts of the world This volume is uniue in that it will elaborate the specific experience and knowledge of Ela Bhatt in her and SEWA's journey and provide insights and knowledge that no outside researcher would ever be in a position to replica. This book is an eye opener about the lives of poor vulnerable and marginalised women in India Though this book narrates the picture in Gujarat specifically but the situation of rest of the country is similar in most places I wish the efforts of SEWA in other states and the stories of lives of people there are also published soon What I liked the most about this book is it's very simple language and the poems and pictures that give a feel of the villages and tribes It's a must read for any development worker who dreams to empower women