Mobilising internal finance from within forest and farm producer organisations: a case study of Shri Kheda District Self-Employed Women’s Association
This case study forms part of a series of six case studies on mobilising internal finance within forest and farm producer organisations (FFPOs) prepared by FFPOs for the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF).
Formed in 1972, the Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA) is a 2.1-million-strong women’s trade union in India. These women belong to the vast, unprotected informal working population of the country. SEWA works in growing women's organisations at the district level, providing them support and guidance until they can establish themselves independently. This case study describes the Shri Kheda District Self-employed Women’s Association internal financial mechanisms and its links to the SEWA Bank, and other SEWA financial mechanisms.
This study also provides an overview of the origins, evolution and current structure of the district association and its internal financial mechanisms, the lessons learned, their impact to date and its prospects for the future.