Save our Weavers' Future

Charity Community Development


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YES Global Institute

About the Fundraiser

WomenWeave: The Balaghat Project 

Supported by YES Global Institute

Know the full story of WomenWeave below:

Handloom Sector in India

  •  Handloom textiles today are a timeless testament to the diverse and rich cultural heritage of India and is the second largest source of livelihood to the rural and semi-urban population of India.
  •  However, the sector as it stands today is at a critical moment in time where it simultaneously faces stresses that threaten to obliterate it along with unprecedented opportunities for innovation and revitalization.


Highlighting the Issue – In order to truly extend a HELPING HAND!

  • Three decades ago, the Balaghat district in Madhya Pradesh used to be a weaving hub of India.
  • Mehendiwara, a small village in Balaghat is today home to a community of traditional weavers who have been marginalized over time due to a lack of market connectivity, design inputs, quality raw materials and financial support.
  • Today hardly 50 odd people in the village weave, with the majority of residents have migrated in search of better livelihood opportunities.



How WomenWeave is SAVING Mehendiwara

  • The Balaghat Project, a WomenWeave initiative - is an attempt to showcase the skills of these weavers, revitalizing lost techniques in order to introduce ultra-fine Khadi fabric with exquisite motifs back into the market.
  • Women weave is trying to empower women, one loom at a time firmly securing their future.


They plan to achieve this by accomplishing the following determined objectives in Balaghat: 


  1. To make 20 women skilled in spinning and 30 in weaving.
  2. To establish a strong demand and supply chain.
  3. To strengthen the supply chain of the hand- made Khadi yarn for traditional weavers.
  4. To strengthen the hand spinning activity to yield an annual income of Rs. 55000 per spinner and Rs. 70000 per weaver.
  5. To strengthen the availability of various kind and counts of yarn for the handloom weavers.


YES Global Institute Support:

YES Global Institute, the practicing think-tank at YES BANK, is focused towards catalyzing private capital for development. The institute encourages public and private stakeholder engagement, focusing on key areas of national development including Economy & Public Policy, Smart Cities, Renewable Energy, Microfinance, MSMEs, Food & Agriculture, North-East Region, Natural Capital, Social Impact, Education and Culture. 


YES Bank/ YES Global Institute would be supporting the campaign via Matching Donations*, in which the Bank/Institute matches every donation to the cause by giving an equal amount themselves!

(*Upto INR 5 Lacs)


About WomenWeave

WomenWeave’s mission is to work towards overcoming the vulnerability of women who weave on handlooms by: 


  • Creating a community of weavers and connecting them with potential customers;


  • Providing craft skills training, and organizational and design assistance


  • Valuing and integrating traditional design and cultural heritage to realize more marketable product


  • Generating selling opportunities and market connections in India and abroad that would otherwise be inaccessible.


The end objective is that of transforming handloom weaving into a dignified income-earning, fulfilling, sustainable, and life-improving activity.


How can YOU help make an impact? A Chance is all that is needed.

David W. Orr once stated that “The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane and these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it.”


The success of the project can only be enhanced through the involvement of everyday people working in tandem! Your funding is of paramount importance in order to cement the first step towards the betterment of this weaving cluster.


Help us promote and improve our outreach you can also share this initiative by sharing the campaign page on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Email, and Whatsapp .


Got a minute? Have a look at the outcome of this majestic weaving at the Balaghat Project!

( In the Picture: A 100 Count, Ultra Fine Khadi, with motif )


Truly, a rich example of detailed hardwork, percolated over a period of time, not less than hundred of years.

The result is a fabulous culture of weaving , coming alive! Let's contribute our best to keep it going!



    Thank You!


    #With regards to Rewards,

    • Donors donating with respect to the slabs displayed on the campaign page are eligible to receive rewards. 
    • Only Indian donors get a variety of rewards based on the slabs. 
    • For foreign donations, the rewards remain the same throughout i.e. A two-page Impact Report and a Thank You letter from WomenWeave.

    Disclaimer: Since Women Weave is a charitable trust they cannot afford the shipping charges for the above-mentioned awards to foreign shores. However, if any individual is willing to bear the shipping expenses, please drop a mail to –


    YES Global Institute

    All donations to this campaign will be matched by YES Global Institute

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