Who we are
Saheli Women is a nonprofit clothing manufacturer and ethical fashion social enterprise in rural Rajasthan, India. Located in the village of Bhikamkor, Saheli Women employs 20 rural women, providing them with fair wages, health insurance coverage and a safe work environment free from gender, religious and caste discrimination.
Saheli Women was launched in 2015 as a social initiative of the Institute For Philanthropy and Humanitarian Development (IPHD), a women’s empowerment and rural community development nonprofit based in Jodhpur, India.
IPHD manages the Saheli Women production facility for clothing, accessories and homeware out of its community center in Bhikamkor. Additionally, IPHD sponsors the educations of all daughters of Saheli Women members, runs the only female health clinic in the village and delivers workshops on a range of topics including human rights, feminism, menstrual hygiene and health and financial literacy.
Saheli, the Hindi word for “female friend,” reflects our enthusiasm for empowering women through economic self-sufficiency.
Our mission is to create employment for women in ethical fashion manufacturing to derive a sustainable livelihood that benefits themselves, their families and their communities.
How we work
All the products made by Saheli Women are designed and sold by our partners — luxury ethical fashion houses and designers from countries around the world including England, Germany and Australia.
We understand that the clothing value chain is complex, and one of our strengths is that we offer personalized assistance to our partners from the pre- to post-production stages.
We help partners source local Indian fabric and trimmings, including organic cotton, vegetable-dyed cotton, block print, silk or satin. We then prepare a sample with a male master tailor in Jodhpur, teach the women in the village to stitch and embroider the designs and send the finished products via parcel to our partners’ warehouses.
Underpinning everything we do is quality assurance. Every article we produce is inspected by our Quality Assurance Team, which includes two male master tailors in the village — to ensure that it is created to your satisfaction.
Our promise to our partners and our beneficiaries is built on the principles of fairness and non-exploitation.