SEWA, SEWA Bank, and all the Federations described above deal mainly with women' employment and social security needs. In addition to their main purpose, each of the federations were facing a demand for improved quality of life particularly better housing from their members. Since for the self employed, a house is also a productive asset, their housing needs are closely linked with their employment needs. It was, therefore, decided to promote a federation which would deal only with housing.
This federation helps each organisation to promote the housing requirements of her members, and also links with the larger housing institutions nationally and internationally. The Mahila Housing Trust registered in 195 was promoted by SEWA, SEWA - sponsored federations and other sister organisations such as Foundation for Public interest (technical and training support) and Friends of Women's World Banking (finance).