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Gujarat State Mahila SEWA Cooperative Federation
 
The federation is a state - level organisation of 84 women's cooperatives as its members. Registered in 1993, it is the first of its kind. SEWA-sponsored cooperatives took the initiative to form this apex level federation of cooperatives, in order to obtain training, marketing, capacity-building and support for policy action with the government.

In the past six years, the federation's outreach and range of activities has grown considerably. It is very actively assisting producer's groups to export their crafts. In 1999, Rs. 20 lakhs worth of crafts were exported with the Federation's assistance. In particular, the Federation helped two district-level associations, Kutchcraft Association and Banaskantha DWCRA Mahila SEWA Association to export and sell their patchwork embroidery in Paris.

  A new and important venture, linking vegetable growers directly with vendors, thereby cutting out exploitative middlemen, was initiated this year. The Federation obtained a shop ( Shop No.40) in the main vegetable wholesale market of Ahmedabad after considerable struggle and pressure from SEWA. The wholesalers, generally themselves middlemen, were reluctant to permit the Federation to break into their tightly controlled trade. But the collective strength of growers and sellers, the Federation SEWA Bank and SEWA prevailed. The shop is now operating and its business expanding. Both vegetable growers and sellers (vendors) are obtaining better prices for their produce, having got rid of the exploitative middle layer of contractors and middlemen. Now the federation is working on providing transportation to reach the produce from SEWA’s rural producer members to the city for sale to SEWA’s retail vegetable vendors.

In 1996, the Federation became a member of the National Cooperative Union of Inida. It has obtained an ‘A’ grade by government auditors for the quality of its services and efficient management.
Self Employed Women's Association
SEWA Reception Centre, Opp. Victoria Garden, Bhadra, Ahmedabad - 380 001. India.
Phone : 91-79-25506444 / 25506477 / 25506441, Fax : 91 - 79 - 25506446, Email :mail@sewa.org
     
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