Recently I came across a group of female entrepreneurs and found their story very inspiring and decided to write about them. These female entrepreneurs are from Sarai Nuruddin, a small village situated in the northern part of India. The group mainly consists of around 15 women who make and sell baskets. Apart from them from time to time other women in the village also contribute in their free time. The baskets are made of waste plastic (usually cut from carry bags and straw that are usually discarded as waste).
Their journey started when few women in the village would make baskets from leftover or discarded plastic, as they are available for free and would use it for day-to-day storage purposes. Soon more and more women started working together to make these baskets. They found a need for their product in the village and then started taking orders from people in and around the village. They were spotted by Amrita Serve a project that works towards the development of villages and sustainable development. Amrita Serve also helps these women to promote their work and reach out to more people. The major attractions of the product are that they do not require any industrial setup, does not produce any wastes, utilizes discarded plastic to make new product and ofcourse look beautiful. Here are some pictures of the women making and selling their product.
Currently they are working on an order for Australia!