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The “Shri Gitanjali Mahila SEWA Industrial Stationary Producers Cooperatives Ltd.” is an Indian cooperative established in 1995 and involved in the manufacturing of various paper products made from recycled waste paper. The objectives of the cooperative are to reduce and recycle waste, to provide an alternate livelihood and to teach new skills to waste pickers who are members. The waste pickers are mostly women, who pick out recyclable materials from mixed waste to create hand crafted products. Among the products of the cooperative there is a wide range of paper products made from the waste materials such as notebooks, diaries, pens, paper bags and innovative jewellry. Workers not only play a vital role in society by keeping the surroundings clean and tidy, but they also earn an income for their families. The cooperative is promoted by SEWA, Self-Employment Women’s Association, involved in the organization of waste-pickers work since its creation in 1972.
More information here: http://www.cicopa.coop/A-hand-that-lifts-India-s.html
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