Sadhna began in 1988 as an income generation project under Seva Mandir, a developmental organization in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. The intent of this project was to provide an alternative means of livelihood and income augmentation for the women of rural, tribal and urban slums of the region who were struggling because of draught conditions. In 2004 Sadhna registered itself as an independent entity.
Having started with a small group of 15 women who were trained in the skills of appliqué and ‘tanka’ embroidery, today Sadhna family has grown to 639 women artisans across 13 locations in 7 villages in the Udaipur, Rajasthan. The main objective of Sadhna has been to create a sustainable and independent world for its artisan members. The steps they took towards this objective include:
With Sadhna’s support these artisan members have earned a significant financial and social independence and a status within their family and society. All their women artisans are shareholder members of the organization and have their representation at various levels of decision making. They are also shareholders of the annual surplus that is generated by the organization. Sadhna is a member of the Indian Fair Trade Forum (IFTF).