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Our first partner SEWA

Self Employed Women‟s Association (SEWA) is a member-based organization of poor self-employed women workers. It has a membership of 1.36 million women across 7 states, almost half of which is from rural Gujarat. It is an organization of poor, self-employed women workers. These are women who earn a living through their own labor or small businesses, and are unable to obtain regular salaried employment with welfare benefits like workers in the organized sector. They are the unprotected labor force of the country, constituting 93% of the labor force. Of the female labor force in India, more than 94% are in the unorganized sector. However their work is not counted and hence remains invisible. In fact, women workers themselves remain uncounted,

Objectives of SEWA: The objectives of SEWA are Self-Reliance & Full Employment for its members. Self-reliance means that women should be autonomous and self-reliant, individually and collectively, both economically and in terms of their decision-making ability.

Full employment means employment whereby workers obtain work security, income security, food security, and social security (at least health care, child care and shelter). SEWA organizes women to ensure that every family obtains full employment. For over 3 decades, SEWA has been working with its rural members to help them improve their livelihood through various initiatives in technical training, microfinance, market linkages and natural resource management, across a number of trades. SEWA adopts an integrated approach towards its members.

Challenge:   Be a pioneer in defining learn at your pace platform.

SEWA Ni Manager’s School till today has trained over 7 million SEWA members on different subjects. This is a phenomenal numbers and it speaks to need for internal and external training demand from women members. In addition, SEWA is also in process of exploring alternative education to make class room. Though not confirmed, SEWA works with about 100 elementary class rooms.

The use of E-learning platforms in education is a growing field and offers a novel approach in teaching skills. Two platforms in contact with ICA are Gooru and iEinstein, and SEWA has already has an agreement with Gooru to implement a program in Jeevanshalas. ICA has proposed a joint pilot project to implement both Gooru and iEinstein in selected SEWA schools in Ahmedabad. The program is still in the process of defining iEinstein’s objectives, Gooru’s objectives and SEWA’s evaluation criteria. This pilot program offers the opportunity for capacity-building by training teachers to use these platforms, and then gauging the efficacy of such programs. The pilot is also an opportunity to troubleshoot any concerns with the E-learning platforms before they are expanded to other SEWA schools or elementary schools. Such a program will be a useful exercise for participants to understand the benefits and drawbacks of an E-learning system from the perspective of the teachers and students involved.

The Role:

US Based : Create a framework for eLearning Effectiveness

Period: March – June 2012

Overall Commitment of Time: Flexible

Location: Virtual

Create eLearning effectiveness platform for education of 6-7 grade class room students.
• Setup Gooru platform
• Identify clear gaps in the content – develop approach to clearly document a gap between current text book and content in the video selected for a class room.
• Review potential solutions to reduce a gap
• Create a process or find open source volunteer management services which can do a translation to Gujarati.
• If necessary create an incentive programs and marketing approach for volunteers to do translation at a reasonable cost.
• Identify VOICE OVER platform so that volunteers can do translation
• Create a translation review process
• Create content selection process
• For SEWA Ni Manager’s School (SMS) – a large women’s training program, work with SEWA to create a priority content.
• Identify relevant content from search engine as GOORU doesn’t support this kind of content at the moment

India Based : Create a framework for eLearning Effectiveness

Period: June 2012 – December 2012

Overall Commitment of Time: On Site (must be willing to spend at least 8-10 weeks)

Location: Ahmedabad, India

Train teachers to use the Gooru and iEinstein platforms, and then take surveys of teachers and students to monitor their views about the platforms. You will also help troubleshoot any problems that may arise when implementing the platforms, in conjunction with an ICA-hired IT employee. By the end of his involvement, you will analyze the surveys he receives and provide data regarding the perceived efficacy of the program. You will then provide the raw data and final report to SEWA to help the organization evaluate its pilot program.


If you have a strong background in IT and interested in creating a cutting edge solution and solve some of the most important challenge, please read in. RUDI is a distributionchannelfor agricultural products that is managed by 3,000 women in 14 districts across Gujarat. Hariyali is a new program aimed at creating a micro finance and distribution network for livelihood programs. Membership Management is a core infrastructure service that SEWA relies to get profile information about member.

Role: If you have previously played a role of Business Analyst or Program Manager, be part of a team for defining truly unique solutions.


SEWA has 1.4 members, a very large list of national and international development organizations, customer base, training program and potential employees. SEWA needs to create a new website development.

Role: Requirement Analysis

If you are in researching and collecting requirements, you will be responsible for to work with various groups within SEWA and map it to different target audience. You will define most appropriate
template before you initiate the work.

Expected Period of effort: 3-6 weeks

Role: Website Designer

If you are a technical person with a prior experience with web design you will use well packaged wordpress based well designed theme and plug-in to design the code in an iterative fashion.

Required Skills Are:

– Solid understanding of WordPress including past experience with Graphics Design
– Solid understanding of design awareness and demonstrated a good design website
– We will be building series of services which will automate website and donation management capabilities.
– If you are motivated enough, we would also like to build eCommerce functionality for SEWA’s premium Hansiba brand using OpenCart
– Knowledge of PHP, Java Scripting would be a plus
– Migrating some website to a new website

This person will also will help us with eLearning platform after June. In this role he/she will help us build a voice over integration, deploy necessary bandwidth such as wireless devices for connectivity for eLearning platform and

Expected Period of effort: 1-3 months

Role: Research Analyst

ICA’s key mentors are actively engaging with SEWA’s Hariyali Program. ICA would like to work with SEWA to create a sustainable energy base innovation lab.. Though our work is still in the early phase, we would like invite potential research analyst to help us arrive at our ultimate goal:

  • Document experience with various vendors and define best practices
  • Challenges of improving each
  • Standard needs
  • How can this standards be adopted by other key players?
  • Cost of building testing labs
We are building templates and research analysis process to arrive at some of the clear need for above challenges.

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