This personal and profound narrative about members of the Self Employed Women’s Association is a part of a new series IMAGO is launching to bring the voices of those we are ultimately seeking to support into our story telling.

Created, researched and developed by IMAGO Fellow and consultant Surili Sheth, who spent three months embedded with SEWA, this narrative provides a personal and proximate account of SEWA’s work on the front lines of change in India.

Surili writes,

[O]ne of the central ways in which being part of SEWA has taken hold of both their individual stories and the larger collective informal labor sector movement that they form is that “the personal is economic.” By being part of SEWA, the women build on each other’s support – leading to increased autonomy in their homes and communities, economic resources to invest in their houses and families, and education to increase productivity and income and take care of their health.

Check out her beautiful presentation below to find out more . . .

SEWA bens: Stories of Personal & Economic Transformation, by Surili Sheth

Check out this brief video to find out more about IMAGO’s work with SEWA.