creative handicrafts
creative handicrafts


Creative Handicrafts is a social enterprise based in Mumbai that works to empower disadvantaged women of the slum communities through economic independence.

Over the last 30 years, Creative Handicrafts has evolved into a Fair Trade Organisation with a view to changing the world one woman at a time. Since its inception in 1984 and registration in 1994, Creative Handicrafts has slowly grown into a Fair Trade Organisation that supports the women who make textile-based, Fair Trade Certified products.

Creative Handicrafts was born out of the love and dedication of one Spanish Missionary Sr. Isabel Martin MCJ, who lived, worked, and changed the lives of the women who are now members of CH.

With initial support from Jeevan Nirvaha Niketan (JNN), a Women's Self Employment Cooperative (WSEC) was created. Gradually, it was registered as an independent organisation called Creative Handicrafts in 1994. Taking up sewing as their focal activity, this small group of women has grown into Creative Handicrafts as you see it today. They are a co-operative and the workers are co-owners. Acknowledging its mission of empowering women and strengthening them socially, culturally and economically, CH went one step further and registered itself with the Fair Trade Network in 2005.

The focus of Creative Handicrafts is not the women alone but their families too - especially their children. This is reflected in the various projects undertaken. In keeping with its mission, Creative Handicrafts  also started a catering service managed by women who could not pick up the skill of sewing. This project is now run under the name 'ASLI FOODS' and is managed independently by the women themselves.

The world is fuelled by a desire to make profit for a few by exploiting the many. Creative Handicrafts begs to differ, and strives to make many breadwinners - giving them dignity of labour and a chance for a new beginning.