A Culture of Mutual Support
In stark contrast to the fast–fashion industry, where low–cost goods are often produced by exploited workers in dangerous conditions, Marketplace was founded to give artisans a livable wage from dignified work in a safe environment.
But that's just the first step. To achieve its broader goal of transforming lives and communities, Marketplace encourages women to determine their financial destiny. Over the years, supported by Marketplace, women have opened bank accounts, and started planning for the future. They have even launched collective saving clubs.
Lavina Dandekar, a tailor at Nirmaan Collective, got her first ATM card, allowing her to experience the dignity of financial independence. "I can withdraw money on time for school fees and for paying utility bills," she notes with pride. "But the most important part is that I am not dependent on anybody for managing my money."