We are an all-women cooperative in Delhi’s Seemapuri neighborhood, one of many places in cities worldwide where community members earn a living by collecting, sorting, and recycling waste (in Hindi: kabad) through the informal economy. In partnership with New York-based artist Recycle and Pray, members have begun to transform these materials into innovative objects, relying on inspiration and creativity (in Hindi: jugad) to guide their production process.
We are bringing our talent of improvising from waste to the wider world, and we enjoy the process!
The co-op’s aim is to create a self-sustaining micro workshop that promotes transformation through creative production. This not only provides for economic needs, but also allows the women to work in an environment where they are treated with dignity and respect. As creative entrepreneurs, the women have the opportunity to express themselves in a comfortable workshop, strengthening bonds with sisters and neighbors.