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Shreni Relief Fund for Weavers and Artisans

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The impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic is most acutely felt by workers of the informal sector. As the crisis continues, weavers and artisans across the country have lost access to their daily wage as production sites and workshops have closed down. These producer communities come from already socio-economically disadvantaged conditions and are perpetually stuck in credit and debt cycles. Given the lockdown, they have no alternative sources of income and are in grave financial distress.
 
While the efforts being made by central and state governments vis-à-vis the PM CARE Fund or the CM Relief Fund (Karnataka) are important, there have been no sustained efforts to counter the plight of the weavers. Even fundraisers that are raising funds for essential goods, food, and medicine are largely focused on construction workers, daily wagers, house helps, etc. Our efforts are to reach weavers and artisans who fall between the cracks of central and state government grants, as well as, informal-sector focused fundraisers.
 
The Shreni Relief Fund (spearheaded by Shreni Community Trust) aims to provide direct monetary support to weavers and artisans. Our aim to help their lack of access to monetary capital.
 
Who are we helping and how?
 
Shreni Community Trust has a network of over 1500 workers, with secondary access to several thousand more from the informal sector. Our members are spread over the south Indian states, in clusters such as Kallur, Shigli, Kamatagi, Guledgudda, Channapatna, Srikakulam, and Gadwal amongst others. From this network, we will identify 500 of the most vulnerable weaver and artisan families who will receive direct financial support to address their immediate needs such as food grains and medical supplies, as well as, to make credit and loan payments.
 
Most fundraisers are focused on providing aid in kind via food packages, care packages, medical kits, etc. However, despite payment moratoriums announced by the government, the need of the hour is making direct funding available for distressed families to utilise as per their current socio-economic requirements. This is especially true for weavers and artisans, who have pending payments and loans from private moneylenders and traders, adding to the financial pressure they feel in the current atmosphere. We hope to relieve some of this pressure by direct transfer of a stipulated amount into their accounts for them to use as they seem fit. This also allows us to work remotely without disrupting social distancing guidelines on our end, as well for the beneficiaries.
 
Utilisation of funds
 
We aim to raise Rs. 15,00,000 (Rs.3000 x 500 families)
We have spent the last 2 years building our communities, trying to understand their grievances and help them become socio-economically independent. Since these weavers and artisans are a part of our network, we already have remote access to them through our online network and are currently collecting other details such as Aadhar and bank details.  
 
About Shreni Community Trust
 
Shreni Community Trust is a non-profit organisation that works in improving livelihoods in the informal sector. We work primarily with weavers and artisans, as well as, carpenters, beauticians, embroiders, and tailors. Our aim is to provide stable, sustainable livelihoods and improve the wage standards in the informal sector. We pursue this goal through our Occupational Network, training and Revival Program, and other community and capacity building interventions.
 
For further information or queries, reach out to us:
Mail: info@shrenis.com  
Website: www.shrenis.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shrenisnetwork/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shrenisnetwork/
 



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18th June 2020
Dear Donors,

Thank you for your unending support. Through this campaign and a number of private donations amounting to almost Rs. 4,00,000, we have been able to help 400 weavers and artisans!

The Shrenis Team is wrapping up this campaign as we move on to the next phase of our efforts - building back. While the immediate effect of the pandemic has been taken in stride, the livelihoods of our weavers and artisans are still suffering. The lack of demand, inability to access raw material and inability to sell stock has left them with no working capital. We are working on a number of projects that focus on restarting and rebooting these livelihoods in a manner that is more sustainable and fairer than before.

You can also stay up to date with our various projects and efforts through our website www.shrenis.com. Our details are also up on our site if you wish to continue contributing.

Thank you for all your efforts!
Team Shrenis.
Dear Donors,

Thank you for your unending support. Through this campaign and a number of private donations amounting to almost Rs. 4,00,000, we have been able to help 400 weavers and artisans!

The Shrenis Team is wrapping up this campaign as we move on to the next phase of our efforts - building back. While the immediate effect of the pandemic has been taken in stride, the livelihoods of our weavers and artisans are still suffering. The lack of demand, inability to access raw material and inability to sell stock has left them with no working capital. We are working on a number of projects that focus on restarting and rebooting these livelihoods in a manner that is more sustainable and fairer than before.

You can also stay up to date with our various projects and efforts through our website www.shrenis.com. Our details are also up on our site if you wish to continue contributing.

Thank you for all your efforts!
Team Shrenis.
25th May 2020
With your support, we have been able to help a lot of people. Please continue to support and share our campaign. 

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With your support, we have been able to help a lot of people. Please continue to support and share our campaign. 

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8th May 2020
Dear Donors,

As the pandemic continues and these conditions become our new normal, many are still struggling to make ends meet. However, with your help, we have been able to continue our efforts to help these people.

We would like to let you know that your donations have allowed us to provide aid worth Rs. 220,500 to 249 weavers and artisans. You can see who your contribution has impacted by taking a look at our website (https://www.shrenis.com).  

As we slowly move closer to our goal, we hope we have your continued love and support. We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for your efforts, and so would our members:

"We are having a lot of problems due to this Corona Virus lockdown. But we are glad that  Shreni is helping us, weavers, by providing funds. We are very grateful and thank you from the bottom of our heart."
- Ganesh Bakari,  Weaver, Yamakanamaradi 


"We have lost our source of daily income due to the lockdown. This has made it very hard to manage family needs. Thank you so much for helping us."
- Manjula, Wood Inlay Artisan, Mysore

"As a weaver, My family and I were very affected by this lockdown. I would like to thank Shrenis for their help that has made life a little easier"
- Babaji, Weaver, Belgaum

Thank you,
Team Shrenis
Dear Donors,

As the pandemic continues and these conditions become our new normal, many are still struggling to make ends meet. However, with your help, we have been able to continue our efforts to help these people.

We would like to let you know that your donations have allowed us to provide aid worth Rs. 220,500 to 249 weavers and artisans. You can see who your contribution has impacted by taking a look at our website (https://www.shrenis.com).  

As we slowly move closer to our goal, we hope we have your continued love and support. We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for your efforts, and so would our members:

"We are having a lot of problems due to this Corona Virus lockdown. But we are glad that  Shreni is helping us, weavers, by providing funds. We are very grateful and thank you from the bottom of our heart."
- Ganesh Bakari,  Weaver, Yamakanamaradi 


"We have lost our source of daily income due to the lockdown. This has made it very hard to manage family needs. Thank you so much for helping us."
- Manjula, Wood Inlay Artisan, Mysore

"As a weaver, My family and I were very affected by this lockdown. I would like to thank Shrenis for their help that has made life a little easier"
- Babaji, Weaver, Belgaum

Thank you,
Team Shrenis
Rs.126,542 raised

Goal: Rs.1,500,000

Beneficiary: Weavers and Art... info_outline
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Supporters (50)

MC
Monica donated $110

May God give you more strength and resources to continue your amazing work to help weavers and artisans🙏

PP
Pallavi donated Rs.1,500

Great initiative! Please try and reach out to more families!

MC
Mrunmay donated Rs.500
DJ
Devendra donated Rs.5,001
GG
George donated Rs.2,500
A
Anonymous donated Rs.25,000