Workscape

AeSha is working in the areas of livelihood, psycho-social health, assistive education, civic engagement and research-based advocacy in Delhi NCR. 

Our projects are established at three separate locations: 

1. North East Delhi
2. JJ Colony, Old Seemapuri
3. Bhatti Mines 

AeSha is running a learning centre in Yamuna Vihar, North East Delhi. The learning centre is a space for women to work and engage in the process of community learning and social support. It includes a space for a beauty studio, vocational training programmes, stitching and tailoring work, coaching classes for school students, life skills and computer training. The centre is run by women entrepreneurs, single mothers, women artisans, and first-generation women educators. We are also providing livelihood support to women in North-East Delhi whose lives were disproportionately impacted after the North-East Delhi violence in February 2020. 

AeSha is working with the waste pickers community in Old Seemapuri where we are undertaking projects on livelihood support for women waste pickers, health interventions, assistive education for school children and advocacy on issues facing the waste pickers community. 

Bhatti Mines is a colony of erstwhile miners, with a high population of daily-wage earners and single mothers. AeSha is working towards providing livelihood support to women in Bhatti Mines by means of providing market linkages for products made by women artisans as well as helping to establish small business run by single mothers and women entrepreneurs to support the local economy of the region. 

Communities and stakeholders that we are engaged with include: 

  1. Single Mothers

AeSha for Friendships works with families of single mothers situated across different conflict-ridden geographies in Delhi. Our work facilitates the rehabilitation of widows, wives of the incarcerated as well as personally incapacitated, divorced, and separated women facing compounded vulnerabilities and marginalization by facilitating livelihood opportunities, psychosocial support, and assistance in quality education for their children. 

  1. Women Waste Pickers

Women who collect, sort, and segregate waste deserve dignity, safety, and recognition as providers of an economic and environmental subsidy to our cities. Exposure to harmful substances, intricate and lengthy physical work, and lack of access to basic civic amenities posits unique challenges to female waste picker’s bodies. This coupled with unequal wages, the burden of care work for their children along with a constant threat to their livelihoods due to the absence of official recognition for their work direct AeSha’s work to address both, their distinct ability to understand the work of waste and their desire to engage in diverse forms of livelihoods. 

  1. Women Urban Farmers

Centering women as drivers of the entire supply chain of agricultural systems, our work on female urban farmers seeks to promote entrepreneurship, sustainability, and food security.

  1. Rural Women Entrepreneurs

Acknowledging that rural women are required to innovate in their day-to-day life is the core principle behind our work on fostering the entrepreneurial potential, financial literacy, managerial skills, and socio-economic contribution of rural women. These areas hold importance for us to increase their participation in public life, make them agents of market integration of their work and widen their reach to urban and international opportunities to facilitate cross-learning and enrichment. 

  1. First-Generation Women Learners

We strive to extend support in addressing the academic, psychological, socio-economic, and cultural challenges that are unique and challenging for first-generation female learners. We envision them to uphold their agency in honing capacities to transform their neighbourhoods, families, and eco-systems in everyday life. 

  1. Women Artisans

The physical and emotional labour that goes into skilfully making something with one’s hands calls for weaving sustainable livelihoods. We do this by fostering active mentorship to create innovative threads of continuity for integrating earning opportunities with traditional and contemporary art and craft.