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Shreni
The informal sector lacks access to information regarding livelihood opportunities, internal support, and empowerment structures that act as professional safety nets and capacity builders. The Shreni Community Trust was formed in 2018 by Sudhir Kamath to build, revitalise, and enhance local community-based occupational networks and connect members with one another.The philosophy has been taken from the ancient Indian socio-economic groups which were known as ‘shrenis’, or guilds and to tie them with markets and supply chains.The initiative is to revive these ‘occupational guilds’, by rekindling the same essence of autonomy, economic structure and community sentiment that existed in ancient India. Shreni Occupational Network’s primary endeavour is to facilitate communication, access to information and opportunities, and aid the establishment of professional networks in the informal sector. Currently there are over 1700 members from over 10 occupational groups, including, weavers, tailors, wood-inlay artists, wood carving-artists,Channapatna toys etc. across the States of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Tamil Nadu. Weavers are the largest group, with around 1000 handloom and power loom weavers and several thousand more from the secondary on the ground network.
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