Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA)www.sewa.org
Self Employed Women’s Association SEWA is a trade union registered in 1972. It is an organisation of poor, self-employed women workers. These are women who earn a living through their own labour or small businesses. They do not obtain regular salaried employment with welfare benefits like workers in the organised sector. They are the unprotected labour force of our country. Constituting 93% of the labour force, these are workers of the unorganised sector. Of the female labour force in India, more than 94% are in the unorganised sector. However their work is not counted and hence remains invisible.
Friends of Women’s World Banking, Indiawww.fwwbindia.org
Friends of Women’s World Banking - India (FWWB-I), was promoted in 1982 by SEWA Bank, as an affiliate of Women’s World Banking, a global network created to focus on the need for women’s direct access to financial services.. To begin with, FWWB-I was providing guarantee to a few co-operative banks in the state of Gujarat to facilitate the provision of loans to self employed women. In the year 1989, it modified its byelaws to expand its operations to cover the entire country and operate as an ‘apex’ organization to build a strong network of institutions providing financial services to low income household women. Led by a Board of Women Leaders, representing strong community based initiatives, FWWB-I’s strategy was to act as a catalyst with the commitment to build a society based on equity and social justice where women are leaders in social change.