Enabling empowered women - access to livelihoods a partnership between RR foundation and Jaipur rugs foundation | British asian trust

Jaipur Rugs Foundation

RR Foundation supports programs that skill women and provide livelihoods with a focus on upskilling, market linkages and creating ethical value chains

  • Skill development for women in handicrafts and rug weaving
  • Preservation of Folk Art
  • Craeting sustainable livelihoods to promote self sufficiency
  • Location : Jaipur District

British Asian Trust

To fund women's empowerment in Jaipur to end child labour and provides children with safe places & emotional support

Project 1

  • Skill development for women from marginalized communities in handicrafts such as lac bangles, bags etc.
  • Leadership development activitiesSustainable & ethical market linkages

Project 2

Taabar provides children with safe spaces and emotional support to ensure rehabilitation and social reintegration. They do this through Bal Basera Temporary Shelter and Bal Basera Secondary Home.


For us, sustainable livelihoods embody all income generating activities with the people & the planet at the core of all operations. RRF aims to create sustainable end – to – end value chains for doorstep livelihood opportunities for the empowered women of Rajasthan. The foundation partnered with various organizations like Jaipur Rugs Foundation, Srijan, Arpan Seva Sansthan & British Asian India Foundation, in projects each to enable sustainable livelihoods for more than 3000 women.

About the Projects

Project: Skill Development through hand knotted skill development training

Implementation Partner: Jaipur Rugs Foundation

Location: Manpura, Dhanota, & Tigiriya villages of Rajasthan

Duration: Oct 2023 – May 2023

Key Highlights:

  • 104 women receive skill development training in hand-knotted rug weaving
  • 8 production centres established with 25 looms provided by the project funds.
  • INR 4000 average increase in income per month per woman

The project aims to offer skill sets for sustainable livelihoods, particularly through rug weaving, benefiting illiterate and impoverished women, in remote rural areas. The traditional art of rug weaving is significant for poverty alleviation and skill development as it can be done from home, allowing for flexible hours and output-based payments while creating an end-to-end value chain for women ensuring access to livelihoods & employment.

Project: Social Innovation & Design Lab

Implementation Partner: Jaipur Rugs Foundation

Location: Aspura village of Rajasthan

Duration: Oct 2023 – May 2023

Objectives: Facilitate transition of women rug weavers to rug designers

Key Highlights:

  • 6 workshops on design thinking, yarn play, colour play among others organised for 25 weavers
  • 2 exposure visits conducted to inspire women through showcasing of the various arts & crafts of Rajasthan
  • Design lab infrastructure to facilitate a space for co-learning, idea exchange & rug designing.
  • Increase in income by INR 5000 per month.

In collaboration with the Jaipur Rugs Foundation, we have established a unique first of it’s design lab in Aspura, where grassroots women designers can collaborate and acquire the skills to design and craft exquisite, innovative hand-knotted rugs. This initiative has enabled women rug weavers to transition into rug designers, achieved through a series of workshops led by industry experts that encouraged these women to expand their creative horizons.

Project: Empowering Women Artisans through Producer Companies

Implementation Partner: British Asian India Foundation

Location: Jaipur city

Duration: February 2022 – June 2023

Objective: To transform the lives of 400 women artisans, through emerging Producer Companies in neighbourhoods of Jaipur city.

Key Highlights:

  • Skill Training of 400 women to become a part of the streamlined production systems and organised into artisans in producer groups.
  • Facilitate access for 100 women to government policies, Government support will be secured for the women producers, through liaison and follow up with government business departments, to help take the work to scale and sustainability.

At the heart of this partnership is the income augmentation of marginalised women through skill development & direct market linkages. Women in batches of 20-25 were trained 6 months in crafts such as embroidery, lac bangle making, creating products from fabric among other hard skills after which the women are linked to the already existing producer company.

Project: Enabling sustainable livelihoods through animal husbandry for marginalised women in Sambhar region.

Implementation Partner: Gram Chetna Kendra

Location: 15 villages of Sambhar region, Jaipur District, Rajasthan

Duration: 15th September 2021 to 15th September 2023

Objectives: To enable animal husbandry to become a source of secondary income for women to enable them to overcome any future economic crisis through resilience and sustainable solutions.

Key Highlights:

  • 450+ women facilitated access to bank loans for purchase of cattle & linked with local dairies for the sale of milk & milk products.
  • Increase in income by INR 5000 average per month
  • INR 2.3 crore facilitated in loans
  • 450+ women on the best practices & common diseases in cattle rearing & dairy production.

Animal husbandry is vital for rural women in Rajasthan as it provides them with economic opportunities, nutritional security, skill development, and a means to adapt to the region's unique environmental and socio-economic challenges.

Project: Enhancing Livelihoods Resilience of Tribal Women through NTFP based Value Chain

Implementation Partner: SRIJAN

Location: 24 tribal Villages of Kotra block of District Udaipur in Rajasthan.

Duration: 1st December 2021 to 31st December 2022

Objective: Enhance the income and livelihood opportunities of tribal women by establishing & strengthening the value chain of non-timber forest produce (NTFP).

Key Highlights:

  • 750 women from 24 villages enrolled as collectors of NTFP.
  • 2000+ Quintals of Ber & Palash Flowers deposited at 24 Village-level Collection Centers.

The project organizes women collectors into groups, who deposit their produce at community collection centers run by trained local women. These centers manage bookkeeping, weighing, sorting, and storage. The processed NTFP, which adds value and increases income, is then sent to the central unit. The project formalized NTFP collection and distribution, ensuring sustainability and fair wages. NTFPs are vital for economic stability, food security, culture, and the environment in rural Rajasthan, making support for sustainable resource utilization crucial.

Project: Ab Meri Baari

Implementation Partner: Arpan Seva Sansthan

Location: Ugariyawas, Gudha Bairsal, Dhindha and Dhani Boraj Gram Panchayats of the Phulera and Maujamabad block of the Jaipur district

Duration: 1st December 2021 – 30th November 2022


  • Life skills training, skill development & vocational training for 100 Royal Champion girls.
  • COVID19 awareness campaigns.
  • Social audit & strengthening of the local social welfare services through awareness building among adolescent girls.
  • Entitlement Support for individuals in the project area.

Key Highlights:

  • 600+ adolescent girls mobilised & 24 youth groups formed.
  • Life skills training facilitated for 400+ girls.
  • 100 Royal Champion girls identified for skill development training.
  • 100+ individuals facilitated with government entitlements.
  • 6000+ individuals facilitated for COVID19 vaccination.
  • Facilitation of entitlement support for 100 individuals.

The project identified 657 young girls in the age of 13-19 years and trained them in basic life skills. Among these girls, 100 were designated as Royal Champion girls and received advanced skill development training, which enabled them to secure a stable income. The project also incorporated a comprehensive module on adhering to COVID-appropriate behavior, encompassing best practices for dealing with pandemic situations and daily life. The remaining 400 girls participated in activities such as social audits and collective actions, including letter writing campaigns, among other initiatives.