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Approach and Method

Seemapuri is a low income settlement, primarily of Bengali migrant workers involved in waste collection and segregation from residential colonies of North East and East Delhi. The communities here have been engaged in waste work for the past three decades. Starting with relief work during the pandemic, AeSha has developed a grassroots lab with women waste workers for sustainable development of the slum.

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Women’s income generating work

  • Initiatives that facilitate shifts from caste-based occupations to alternative livelihoods for women

  • Experiments with sustainable models of group based entrepreneurship by women

  • Reimagining home-based production in slums through extensive market mobility practices by women

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Women’s civic participation

  • Community-driven research on the issue of waste management in Seemapuri and across Delhi

  • Collaborative ecosystem engagement over waste management models in Delhi

  • Research and advocacy specific to women waste collectors and segregators in Delhi

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A meaningful
social life

  • Creating opportunities for celebration of diverse cultures

  • Exposure to events and wider city engagements 

  • Conversations that bring out desires of women and their children’s futures

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