Social Enterprise, Cooperative Federation with FCRA Certificate
SEWA Cooperative Federation was established in 1992 to support SEWA-promoted cooperatives. The federation supports over 100 women-owned and women-led cooperatives, reaching 300,000 informal women workers across sectors, with the aim of achieving full employment and self-reliance for women workers in the informal sector.
The Federation provides support services that enable these cooperatives, and other collective businesses of women workers in the informal sector, to become viable, to innovate and to scale.
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has fallen disproportionately on women workers in the informal sector. SEWA Cooperative Federation has worked with its sister organizations – SEWA Bharat, Lok Swasthya, SEWA Trust and Mahila Housing SEWA Trust – to respond to the pandemic.
Their efforts were focused on enabling access to basic health resources, information, awareness and restoration of livelihoods for these women. Through individual and community-level work, it has reached 19,311,926 informal workers in 14 states in India.
The COVID-19 pandemic in India was beyond expectation, belief and our preparedness. Through our cooperative leaders, we reached the poorest and neediest with health relief efforts. We also supported our cooperatives with working capital, through which they were able to continue their business activities during the pandemic. Women have been at the front and centre of our work; they have shown the way to a just, community-focused recovery.