Network of Homebased Workers
in South Asia

HomeNet India

1)
Registered in 2004 under Societies Act 1860 and Bombay Public Trust Act 1950
2)
31 Member Organizations from 11 States of India
3)
Stationed at Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
4)
Action Areas: - Expanding and Strengthening Network

Key Achievements of HNI:

1. Developed a large network of HBWs: HomeNet India has been able to develop a large network across 13 states with a membership of 29 HBW organizations covering 85,074 HBWs. 

2. SEWA, the founding member of HNI has played in critical role in shaping policies and legislations of HBWs: Without clearly establishing the identity of HNI and acknowledging them as key players with regard to HBW, President of HNI who is also the Coordinator of SEWA Union has been involved in shaping the draft national policy of HBWs and participated in the task force for refining the policy. Similar has been the association of HNI with regard to Social Security Act and National Pension scheme. 

3. Network member secured higher wages and other benefits for HBWs of their states: One of the members of HNI played a critical role in obtaining higher wages for incense stick rollers in Bihar (Bihar Rajya Gharkhata Mazdoor Union) and another (SEWA) helped in setting up a welfare board for urban informal sector workers in Gujarat. 

4. Democratic and Representative Structure: The structure of HNI is very democratic and representative of HBWs. The Executive Committee of HNI is made up largely of MBOs. In fact the total membership of HNI comprises 26 MBOs, 3 NGOs and 2 individuals. This is a good direction to be moving in.

A-Z OF HOMEBASED WORKERS - INDIA
A
Aggarbati (incense) rollers, ambar charkha (spinning) workers, akik (a semi- precious stone) workers-polishing
B
Bidi (cigarette) rollers and packers; bangle makers, block printers, box makers, bat Makers, bead workers, beauty parlour workers; bag makers; batik printers, Broom makers, bamboo workers, book binders, betel-nut crackers
C
Cobblers; churan (medicine) workers; cattle breeders; cooks, chain makers, cotton pod shellers, cashew roasters, candle makers, cracker makers, chikan embroiderers, carpenters.
D
Dye makers; dung-cake makers;
E
Envelope makers, embroiderers, electric board assemblers
F
Flower workers, file makers, food processors, food packers
G
Garment stitchers, grain sorters, gum makers, ground-nut pod shellers, glass painters and blowers.
H
Hand loom weavers, handicraft workers, hand fan embroiderers
I
Idol makers, iron smiths, interlockers
J
Jute workers, jewellery makers, lace makers
K
Kite makers, knife polishers
L
Leather workers, launderers, lace makers
M
Milk producers, mattress makers, mirror ring workers, medicine (traditional/herbs) pounders.
N
Net makers
O
Oil tin washers
P
Paper workers, plastic bag cleaners, plastic flower makers, papad rollers, poultry workers; potters
Q
Quilt makers
R
Rag sorters, rope makers
S
Spice pounders; smocking embroiderers
T
Toy makers, tin repairers, tie and dye workers, thread workers
U
Umbrella repairers
V
Vegetable workers
W
Weavers, wool sharers, wood carvers, wax makers, waste paper sorters
XYZ
Yoke embroiderers, Zari (gold thread embroidery) workers

(As approved by the Board of Trustees on 05.09.2014)

I. PURPOSE OF HOMENET SOUTH ASIA :

The structure of an organization or a network depends on what it’s purpose and strategies are.

Vision Statement

HomeNets in South Asia envisions a scenario in which Homebased Workers are visible, protected, promoted, empowered ..

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