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By impact enterprise, one refers to creating social impact by ensuring the delivery of something of value to national and international markets. This model has been accomplished by disrupting the value chain and enabling creative producer co-ownership of the entire value chain. Under the Creative Million Mission, the impact enterprise model will increase in scale and leverage technology. Thereby, the benefits of the Impact Enterprise model will benefit producers by the creation of end-to-end support to the creative producer (across the value chain) as well as ensure end-to-end traceability, whereby consumers can connect via an e-platform.
What is the training module?
The training modules are mapped by the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) and are implemented in collaboration with the industries keeping in mind the role requirements within the industry and the skill gap which needs to be bridged for providing quality manpower resources. The courses offered are aligned to the National Skill Development initiative led by the NSDC. The training module on financial literacy includes a section on basic financial capability, which includes the learning outcomes of understanding the importance of financial planning, utilising the financial planning tools to manage their personal household, utilisation of banking services and digital financial services.
An example of a training module is financial inclusion and technology (FIT) training, which is supported by Standard Chartered. This training focuses on financial literacy in Tamil Nadu. Considering this, the partnership that ISTPL has entered with the NSDC, allows for corporates to spend their CSR funds in the livelihood development such as in the case of training the local population in Andhra Pradesh to become self-employed tailors.
In which markets do you sell the end-products?
End-products are sold in the national and international markets. At the national level, mobile applications are developed to ensure that the workforce of the creative manufacturing sector is initiated into the digital economy with the most important objective being able to connect the producers to the rest of the 6C ecosystem through technology. Consider for example, how the workforce once onboarded onto the respective apps are able to make use of digital payment systems that include a network of merchants, consumers, distribution chains, financial service providers, and local government agencies.
How are you empowering rural India through textile and fashion industry?
First of all, empowerment begins with recognising that the term creative manufacturing sector must be used. This term provides a degree of empowerment to the workforce and highlights the fact that they are all linked to the national supply chain and global supply chain of apparel, respectively. The workforce benefits from the interventions as applied by the 6C ecosystem. This link between creative producers and modern supply chains establishes a model that leverages the rural population and links it to global markets, spurring economic growth at the grassroots level. At the same time, the population is also empowered due to the delivery of training. Therefore, Industree's holistic model has enabled real progress in rural areas, at the same time pushing for the policy changes required for India's creative producers-especially women- to thrive. Industree has now embarked on Mission Creative Million.
Where does India stand when it comes to sustainability in clothing and textiles?
Creative manufacturing, which comprises traditional, localised and often labour-intensive manufacturing like handicrafts, handloom, garment, apparel and value-added food sectors, is the backbone of the rural non-farm economy in India. However, a majority of the producers in the sector work outside of the formal framework, and are forced to take up employment in conditions that can be sometimes exploitative. As a result of the unorganised nature of business, human rights abuses like low wages, long hours, forced overtime, unsafe working conditions, short-term contracts, and sexual, physical and verbal abuse are systemic. Women, who comprise a majority of the workforce, are especially vulnerable, and sometimes earn less than half of what men doing the same work earn.
How many producers from the textiles value chain have you collaborated with for training artisans?
Industree Foundation ensures that artisans or as we refer to them, producers, are aggregated into self-help groups. This means that all women have access to the profits made from production. Another stand-out point of the SHG model is that women all have equal rights to decision-making with regards to how the production is managed. Industree Foundation has in-house developed curriculum on soft skills, which are used to ensure an understanding in women about financial concepts including management of expenditure - such concepts can also be applied when managing their respective SHGs. With regards to hard skills, the women artisans or producers are encouraged to first show what they are capable of. The samples of work then undergo a quality check before confirming that the market order can be completed. Most recently, Industree Foundation has entered into a relationship with NSDC whereby for some production units, the format of training is based on the one provided by NSDC. (RR)
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