This cooperative's name means “a seedling of art.” The center provides self-employment to destitute women who are victims of exploitation, by helping them produce and sell tailored articles, batik handicrafts and food products. Both the tailoring and catering units are geared to the local market, while the batik unit sells products locally as well as abroad. Basic education like reading, writing and simple accounting as well as values education, spiritual input and business skills are taught, so that after training the women can successfully run their own small-scale businesses. Ankur Kala also makes the women aware of the social problems women face, in the form of a theater where the women perform, and in discussions. Ankur Kala has also been reaching out to women in villages for the prevention of trafficking of vulnerable young girls. An Ankur Kala team has been networking with these women through existing organizations, to teach them skills such as tailoring and kitchen gardening. It is founder Annie Joseph's dream that each of the women will live the values of Ankur Kala and sow fresh seeds of hope, integrity and inspiration among others.
Ankur Kala was started in 1982 by Annie Joseph, a social worker inspired by her work with Mother Theresa and with the Taiz community in France. She established Ankur Kala to help poor and destitute women become economically self-reliant and stand up for their rights with dignity.
Ten Thousand Villages purchases tie-dye textiles from Ankur Kala. Ten Thousand Villages has purchased products from Ankur Kala since 1990.
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