Network of Homebased Workers
in South Asia

SAARC Business Association of Homebased Worker-(SABAH)

Independent South Asian Commission on Poverty Alleviation was set up by the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC). Elaben Bhatt was a member of this Commission. The report of the Commission was endorsed by the 12th SAARC Summit that had met in Islamabad. The Summit had reiterated the resolve for “creation of a suitable environment conducive to poverty alleviation and creation of a Fund for the purpose. 

Special thanks are due to the SAARC Development Fund for Poverty alleviation

The SAARC Development Fund (SDF)-approved project on women’s empowerment ‘Strengthening the Livelihood Initiative of Homebased Workers in SAARC Region’ has been awarded to HomeNet South Asia (HNSA) and Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) for implementation in all SAARC countries, except India. The project was initiated in August 2008, and is now successfully into its third year of implementation.

The major achievements in the first year were the setting up of the Trade Facilitation Centres in Nepal and Pakistan, the avid interest and ownership exhibited by homebased workers in setting up SABAH, and the eagerness to learn and share from their counterparts in the SAARC region, the branding of ‘SABAH’ and the ‘Made in SAARC’ label, the unanimous vision for collective marketing under the ‘SABAH’ brand and the commitment demonstrated by all Member States in implementing this project in their respective countries. In Urdu language; SABAH means morning breeze. 

Each country has its unique story of implementation, the challenges faced and overcome, some good practices adopted, lessons learnt and shared with one another, the changing in mindset of all stakeholders, the scale of work and the pride and ownership with which all the homebased workers, view SABAH, today. 

SABAH Company supports homebased artisans to improve upon and diversify their skills, train them in Comprehensive customized Product and Design Development, and educate them in marketing skills. Under this programme an artisans’ company called ‘SABAH (South Asia Business Associates for Homebased workers) has been established in Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and is moving towards establishment in other SAARC countries namely Afghanistan, Bhutan and Maldives.

The Project Objective is “To strengthen the livelihoods of poor homebased workers living in the region primarily through awareness and exposure to development, capacity building, intensive training and gaining a fair share of mainstream market”. In addition; through SAARC Development fund’s support, it has brought the women homebased workers together in the region.



(As approved by the Board of Trustees on 05.09.2014)


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