SEWA
Self Employed Women’s Association
 
 
PART – B
  SEWA’S UNITS
 
- The Urban Union
- The Rural Union
- Jeevika
- Jeevan Shala
- SEWA Social Security Net
- SEWA Marketing Support
- SEWA Bank
- SEWA Academy
- SEWA Bharat
- SEWA Accounts
   
  The Federation Of Co-Operatives
The Gujarat State Mahila SEWA Co-operative Federation Ltd.
   
  5.1 Introduction
   
  Gujarat State Women’s Cooperative Federation is one of the leading federations of co-operatives in Gujarat. It is also a pioneer institution in the field of organising self-employed women in to a co-operative body. It is a Confederation of 88 women co-operatives working since 1992 for poor and unorganised women workers of informal sector. It is an outcome of SEWA’s inspiration and experience that organising women into co-operatives can increase their bargaining power, capability and ownership. The Federation represents the interest and concerns of the women’s co-operatives at the state level with policy makers. All services, from issues including access to raw material, marketing and working capital for production, tools/equipments to workspace are raised on behalf of member co-operatives of the federation. It also concentrates in providing comprehensive training in co-operative education, management and leadership. The main goal of the Federation is to enhance economic and social development of it’s present and potential members through encouraging them to participate in movement, building their capacities through trainings and skill enhancement, providing technical support and advisory services. At present 100 co-operatives are members of the Federation being categorized as (1) Artisan’s co-operative (2) Land based co-operatives (3) Livestock Co-operatives (4) Trading Co-operatives (5) Service co-operatives and (6) credit co-operatives.
   
  Main objectives
   
 
- To enhance the economic and social development of it’s present and potential members.
- To encourage and organize participation of self employed women in the cooperative movement.
- To provide advisory services enhance skills by providing education and training in the entrepreneurship.
- To provide training, technical and marketing support services to its members.
   
  Co-Operatives And Membership
   
  In order to make the members competitive and compatible with the changing market demands due to globalisation, this year the federation has provided need-based training, guidance, marketing & design services and vegetable selling services to them.
   
 
Sr. No. Types Of Co-Operatives Number Of Co-Operatives Membership
1. Worker’s co-operative 12 850
2. Land Based worker’s Co-operative 7 192
3. Milk co-operatives 56 11,000
4. Selling co-operatives 5 2,000
5. Service providers’ Co-operatives 11 19,435
6. MahilaSEWA Bank 1 30,000
  TOTAL 92 63,477
   
  5.2 Capacity Building Through Training
   
  Federation’s main aim behind providing training services is to divulge universal conceptual understanding of co-operatives, its objectives and benefits to members of co-operatives and leaders. Being members of the federation women workers are provided training, which inculcates in them self-confidence so that they can independently manage the various co-operatives. Federation arranges training programmes involving practical knowledge, not only within four walls but also by visiting villages of the members. During the year, 82 trainings of various forms have been imparted to 2,371 members. Nature of the trainings includes Co-operative Education, Executive Member’s training, Technical training, Accounts training also Training of Trainers (ToT) provided to the trainers, Marketing training, Software Quality Management Control training and Export-Import Management training in which know how about export procedure and laws relating to it were imparted. 30 members participated in training session conducted for providing knowledge on growing improvised fodder according to the land fertility and climatic conditions of Gujarat.
   
 
- Co-operative Education - During the year 26 training programs imparted training to 551 members. The main aim behind the training was to give primary information about the motto behind formation and working of co-operatives.
- Executive Members training - 3 training programs imparted training to 120 members. In these training sessions the elected executive members are given in depth information on the roles to be played by them, working and also managing accounts of the co-operative.
- Training on Animal Husbandry - 398 members were provided training through 11 training programs arranged. In these training session members are given knowledge on how to improve the quality of milk, disease related to animals and food to be provided to them.
- Training of Trainers - 1 training session was conducted in which 20 trainers participated. The main aim was that they become capable to impart proper training, which would further lead to development of self-confidence in them.
- Workshop for Milk Co-operatives - Vaikunth Mehta Institute of Co-operative Management - Pune organised “National Seminar on Women Dairy Co-operative” in which 6 representatives of Federation’s milk co-operatives took part and made presentation on the Women’s Milk Co-operatives.
   
  5.3 Market Linkages
   
 
- “SEWA Kalakruti” is an outlet, which promotes and markets the products made by the poor women members in the local, national and international market by conducting various exhibitions. This facilitates in providing regular employment to the women workers. The sale of SEWA Craft shops (group of Design SEWA, Shantipath, Banascraft, Kutch, bead work and puppets etc.) was Rs.15,78,900/-.
- 9,366 co-operative members earned Rs.8,94,70,450/-; milk co-operatives of Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Radhanpur made major contribution in this achievement.
   
  Through provisions of various services, different co-operatives achieved sales targets as follows.
 
Sr. No. Details Sales (Rs.)
1 Kalakruti 15,78,900/-
2 Export Services 34,02,500/-
3 Vegetable Shop 50,51,790/-
4 Design SEWA 6,00,000/-
5 Mandali 9,38,137/-
  TOTAL 1,15,71,327/-
   
  5.4 Vegetable Shop
   
  Federation’s aim behind establishment of vegetable shop in municipality operated wholesale market is to make growers and vendors sustainable by way of linking them directly without middlemen and other exploitative mechanisms. The federation also ensures proper arbitration between them.
 
- During the year 2004, total sale of Rs. 50,51,790/- was made which comprises of 700 farmers.
- This year along with Kheda Association 216 members were provided loan of Rs. 6,85,000/-.
- 49 meetings were conducted at Kheda, Ahmedabad and Mehsana districts in which 1,120 members participated. These participants were given information on setting up vegetable shop.
   
  5.5 Fish Sellers
   
 
- Established wholesale Fish Shop at Holi Chakla, Ahmedabad, which removed the role of mediators and helped women increase their income. This year there was sale of Rs.9,38,137/-
- Federation mutually with Government of Gujarat arranged training session of aquarium cleaning for the members.
- Federation in co-ordination with fishery department of Gujarat government arranged training on fish processing at Veraval. The main aim of training was to increase the income form preparing fish pickle in the odd-seasons.
- 25 fish sellers got insurance and 265 women affiliated with SEWA Bank.
- Co-operative Movements celebrated 100 years of its initiation. On this day Shri Gujarat State Womens SEWA Co-operative Association Ltd. organised a seminar to celebrate 100 years (1904-2004) of Indian Co-operative Movement. The premise of the seminar was to enlighten women associations about the other women associations affiliated with the federation.
   
  5.6 Design Sewa
   
  Design SEWA, established in 1991, is a medium by which Federation provides services like training, product development and provision of marketable designs to labourers, co-operatives and workers in activities like printing, embroidery, appliqué work, cane work and puppet making. In a way, Design SEWA help members of such organisations become Master Craft persons and designers.

Considering the expansion and growth and span of activities together with the experience of working with cooperatives, SEWA Federation proposes to continue and expand the current base of services together with adding new initiatives to it’s cooperatives to make them compatible to increasing market demands and make them locally and globally competitive.

During the year 36,873 samples were designed in the design cell of SEWA. These samples are designed mainly for the purpose of exports.
 
 
Self Employed Women's Association
SEWA Reception Centre, Opp. Victoria Garden, Bhadra, Ahmedabad - 380 001. India.
Phone : 91-79-25506444 / 25506477 / 25506441, Fax : 91 - 79 - 25506446, Email :mail@sewa.org
     
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