Our Vision is for women, children, and marginalized communities to have access to an improved life through sustainable development.


We strive to empower the poor and deprived sections of our community through solving socio-economic problems.


Our Goals include education, the organization and development of the sustainabl



Sabala Handicrafts

Sabala Handicrafts is a Fair Trade India and Asia member that is working with Lambani and marginalized women in the Bijapur area Sabala Handicrafts has succeeded in developing a sustainable livelihood model for 350 ultra poor households by utilizing their traditional skills and teaching them new ones in order to developing products for the modern market. Sabala works with a value chain approach where in we look at each component of the supply chain and develops a standardized production process to ensure timelines are met and high quality is achieved. Sabala set up a “linked enterprise” Crafts Development Center (CDC) to facilitate interactions in both domestic and international markets for the communities we serve. These employment opportunities have resulted in a 2000 Rupee per month income for the women involved, which have had a significant impact on their communities. This initiative has lead to the revival of a traditional craft in a modern society, the reduction of migration and the settlement of the nomadic tribes in a respectful and dignified manner.

Currently, the craft based livelihood initiative is a full-fledged business enterprise, which has sustained in the market for more than 25 years without any conventional funding support. The Lambani tribe is today recognized as an artisan group due to our efforts. The program has thus shifted the community’s social identity and preserved its cultural identity. Through producing high quality products, Sabala aims to promote sustainable livelihoods among ultra poor communities. 

Self Help Groups 

The creation of women Self Help Groups have enabled them to hold regular weekly meetings, save earnings and repay loans through the use of trained bookkeepers. Weekly meetings are conducted to provide a platform for sharing and discussing broad social, legal, political, and economic issues that affect their lives. Issues range from entitlements to land, and women's own rights in the case of domestic violence. All SHG members abide by the principles of saying no to child marriages, child labor, domestic violence and wasteful expenditures. Although this is a continuous and evolving process, these poor women's groups have made a number of gains in a variety of spheres such as food security, health insurance for the poor, social status of women, and social exploitation of child labor.

Co-Operative Bank

Sabala has set up a bank exclusively for women in Bijapur. Chaitanya Mahila Co-Operative Bank was established in 1995 with women empowerment as its primary focus.

The bank has made rapid progress and has over 7000 active members and 25,000 customers today. A working capital of Rs. 20 crores and about Rs 1.85 crores of its own funds help the bank to fund women for their various activities.



  • Organizing Artisans into groups and federating them

  • Skill Trainings

  • Capacity Building

  • Marketing Support

  • Co-operative banking for women

  • Land to Landless

  • Legal awareness and Support

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