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Social Responsibility

Jaipur Living Celebrates Its Women Weavers on International Women's Day

Recognizing its female artisan weavers, who create most of the company's hand-crafted rugs.

3/8/2020
Female rug weaver
ACKWORTH, Ga. -- Jaipur Living is celebrating International Women's Day on March 8 by recognizing its women artisan weavers, who create most of the company's hand-crafted rugs in India.


Behind every Jaipur Living hand-crafted heirloom is a network of more than 40,000 artisans in over 600 villages across India. Eighty-five percent of these artisans are women -- virtually all of whom have faced societal disadvantages based on gender. 


As a company founded upon principles of equality, empowerment, and dignity, Jaipur Living's purpose begins with uplifting these women.


Jaipur Living's network of more than 40,000 artisans is 85 percent women. By investing in its artisans, the company creates positive change in their lives, in the quality of its products, and in the industry of design.

By introducing a doorstep entrepreneurship model that eliminates the middleman and Jaipur Living works directly with its artisans, providing them with a reliable wage that far surpasses the industry average. In addition, the company also provides artisans with access to healthcare, as well as educational and social development opportunities.


 

"Women in India are often seen as subservient to men in the social ladder,"says Asha Chaudhary, Jaipur Living CEO. "When we provide a woman with skills and with a job, and she starts earning as much if not more than her husband, her confidence changes. We're not only giving these women a sustainable livelihood, but we're changing their confidence, we're changing how they're seen in their communities. They support each other, and they've become so powerful that the men can't mistreat them."


 

Jaipur Living's unique doorstep entrepreneurship model means that the company employs artisans directly.


 

What's more, by delivering the raw material required to create hand-made rugs directly to a weaver's doorstep, we make sure they don't have to choose between taking care of their families and making a living. "The weaver's home becomes a small production unit," says Kavi Chaudhary, design director at Jaipur Living's India-based counterpart, Jaipur Rugs."Our supply chain allows women to make their dreams come true while working from home."


In fact, many Jaipur Living weavers channel their marketable skills and leadership abilities into becoming entrepreneurs, employing and teaching skills to more artisans. "Everybody grows because it brings wealth into the family and the community, and others see it and they want to grow," says Archana Chaudhary, COO. "It's a whole mindset change."


Many of Jaipur Living artisans become entrepreneurs, employing and passing skills onto more artisans, empowering more women.

 

 

It's this kind of empowerment that extends into every facet of Jaipur Living, where sisters Asha, Archana, and Kavi Chaudhary have shaped the company into the progressive innovator it is today.


"Our parents treated their three daughters like we could achieve anything boys could, and that gave me the confidence to go after anything I wanted," says Asha. "My father moved a thousand miles across India from Rajasthan to Gujarat because he heard it was the most progressive place in the country to raise daughters. He uprooted his entire life and left his whole family because he knew that he wanted to give his daughters the same opportunities boys have.

"At Jaipur Living, we're proud to have so many women on our leadership team and at the company as a whole. I believe women are the future of leadership. When we empower women, we're empowering the next generation, and the one after that. If we want to raise the level of who we are and bring real change, uplifting women is critical."

 

 

 

Through social initiatives in partnership with the Jaipur Rugs Foundation, Jaipur Living provides its artisans with a sustainable income, as well as healthcare, educational opportunities, and personal growth initiatives.

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