The Sabala Organization is a nongovernmental organization based in Bijapur, India. Mallamma Yalawar founded the organization in 1986. Sabala, which has strong grass-roots presence and deep insight into women's concerns, was set up by a team of like-minded people drawn from various walks of life all having a common objective of women empowerment. Sabala has been contributing to inspiring initiatives based around the empowerment of women. One of the key objectives of the program is to empower women in all phases of life through skills training, thus building self-confidence. Sabala provides opportunities for the women to learn skills and translate these skills into productive activities that generate income. Sabala has been involved in the revival of the traditional Lambani and Kasuti crafts. They also have worked to bring structural changes through organizing and educating the community.
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. We do so by empowering women, educating communities, and providing economic opportunities. Sabala is also a member of the World Fair Trade Organization- Asia and is recognized for its fair trade standards. The products created at Sabala are traditionally hand made, high quality, and take heed to social responsibility.
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