Founded in 2009, Dharma Life is an impact enterprise and foundation working on key SDGs through the integration of last mile distribution, behavior change and consumer insights. Dharma Life’s vision is to create a world where rural communities are Rising Together from within. We aim to achieve this through a women-led Dharma Life Entrepreneur (DLE) network to drive sustainable community development, led by women and child empowerment, address the issues of awareness, accessibility, and affordability for social impact products and services & progress on key Sustainable Development Goals around health (physical and mental), climate action, livelihood creation, with an underlying focus on gender and digital empowerment. Dharma Life Labs is an incubator of research and development, using insights, analytics and technology to help improve the quality of rural life and drive inclusive progress in India. Together, Dharma Life, the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development at the London Business School and Siriti, have come together to bridge the gap in our understanding of rural India to provide an unfiltered presentation of challenges, insights and opinions of the rural population with recommended solutions.
The Jaya Alliance sets out to help rural women transcend psychological and cultural barriers, provide interactive learning experiences to build new skillsets and offer access to job and entrepreneurship opportunities. This holistic, peer-driven, personalized approach guides rural women to economic empowerment. Jaya builds on a funnel starting with sensitization, followed by individual counselling, linkage into training and later employment or starting a business – the entire process being facilitated through the Dharma Life Entrepreneur (DLE) network. Through the Jaya Alliance, we are looking to support green tailors and existing artisans in rural India to enhance their income and encourage them to adopt to green and sustainable practices to ensure a positive impact on the environment by savings in CO2, water and upcycling of waste. For artisans, we will focus on circular and green practices around material forms including silk, cotton, wool, linen and art forms including Madhubani, Chikankari, Banarasi, Block print and the tribal art from the Tharu tribe in Lakhimpur Kheri. For tailors, we will look to use waste as part of the product as well as optimise their environmental footprint.
We are looking for support in the implementation of sustainable interventions that lead to a reduced carbon footprint, efficient waste management and building environment sustainability into each step of the production process, following the Cradle to Cradle principles of making production more efficient and less harmful.
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