SAHAJ is a NGO that works with tribal women artisans of Gujarat. Sahaj has helped several tribal women earn a livelihood and support their families. Their main base is Dahod but they do have a store in Baroda (named Dharohar). That’s how I came to know of them.
M and I have often visited their store and had a lovely shopping time buying jewellery, baskets and generally browsing through their collection. They have a pretty big collection of skin care products, coffee mugs, bags and decor items. I had bought a huge mud coffee mug that i used as a pen stand. It has a rustic look and is of very fine quality. All their products are.
In my last few days in Baroda, we visited their exhibition held at Trisha gallery (They had lovely dupattas. I made things difficult for M by telling her to buy all that she liked instead of helping her choose). That’s when we met their entire team. Because I was taking photographs, we got talking and they offered to show us around their Dahod camp. But I was moving out and that wasn’t feasible.
Apart from the fact that they collaborate with tribal women to make products and that they have done a swell job at uplifting economic levels of the villages, I do not know much about them. Ashima has personally visited them and has written about them at length. I will just let my pictures and Ashima’s post to do all the talking.
These are on my wish list. Buying one of those on my India visit.
If you are in Baroda or visit Baroda, head to this store for cool Indian accessories perfect for yourself or gifting. You will be shopping for a good cause!