Women of the Landfill – Entrepreneurs

Women of the Landfill – Entrepreneurs

SEWA- Self Employed Women's Association

Green Fire Engineered Reclamation has recognized this organization for its work with “women of the landfill” waste pickers. They work at the bottom of society, neglected, abused and like most people's awareness of waste, they are invisible.

An interesting fact about the the global society, 1% of the population of every major global metropolitan area are waste pickers.

Green Fire is joining the global networks that are focused on securing livelihoods for the working poor, especially women, in the informal economy.

“Informal workers need voice, visibility and validity.” WIEGO.

Green Fire creates change by building capability among informal worker organizations, expanding the knowledge base, and influencing local, national and international policies.

The informal economy includes workers who do not have employment-based social protection and enterprises which are not incorporated or registered.

Green Fire is designed to contribute directly to these organizations, We provide complete autonomous villages, with electrical micro-grid, clean water and housing manufactured on site by the Pickers themselves. We do all of this with the by-products from the Green Fire processing of the landfill.

Just as importantly, Green Fire puts every “Picker” to work doing basically the same activity they regularly do in a more advantageous and safe way.

Women of the Landfill

The women of SEWA are what we at Green Fire recognize as true entrepreneurs striving to capitalize (survive) on the only opportunities they have, waste from the streets and landfill.

These women entrepreneurs don't have visions of 6 zeros ($X,000,000) behind their names or anything else of this material magnitude. They spell success like this – SURVIVAL.

At the end of the day a “little success” for these women is a smile from their children.

Green Fire is designed to support these entrepreneurs. We support and contribute to the “green livelihood” they have created for themselves..

This video introduces the human side of the Green Fire landfill mining mission and their conditions.

Taken from the SEWA website:
“SEWA is a trade union registered in 1972. It is an organisation of poor, self-employed women workers. These are women who earn a living through their own labour or small businesses. They do not obtain regular salaried employment with welfare benefits like workers in the organised sector. They are the unprotected labour force of our country. Constituting 93% of the labour force, these are workers of the unorganised sector. Of the female labour force in India, more than 94% are in the unorganised sector. However their work is not counted and hence remains invisible. In fact, women workers themselves remain uncounted, undercounted and invisible.
SEWA’s main goals are to organise women workers for full employment.

SEWA is both an organisation and a movement. The SEWA movement is enhanced by its being a sangam or confluence of three movements : the labour movement, the cooperative movement and the women’s movement. But it is also a movement of self-employed workers : their own, home-grown movement with women as the leaders. Through their own movement women become strong and visible. Their tremendous economic and social contributions become recognized with globalization, liberalization and other economic changes, there are both new opportunities as well as threats to some traditional areas of employment.”

The video is produced by SEWA Video studio and successfully depicts the plight of the informal worker in India. Its 10:42 long.

Waste Pickers' – Life & Livelihood

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