I have been working with the SEWA Homecare Cooperative for 3 years now and the learning never stops,” says Bhavikaben (28 years old).
Homecare is a cooperative of domestic workers in Ahmedabad who have come together to improve their working conditions. “The cooperative trains them in domestic work tasks and also sets them up with customers.”
Bhavikaben also conducts meetings, teaches basic communication skills. Training them in these skills takes time. These are women who have never stepped out of their homes, she said. In the end, there is a change in their self esteem and confidence.
Bhavikaben added, “Earlier, I used to be very scared, especially with strangers. I wouldn’t speak a lot or go out on my own. Now, I travel freely, work to support my family, and am learning constantly!