Social_Impact

FIRST LEVEL

The very business of Creatnet- design and supply of garments – generates sustainable employment for the un-organized marginal workforce. These range from highly skilled embroiders, tailors to semi-skilled tailors to unskilled helpers.The segment that it operates in- niche womenswear – enables it to design and offer products that utilize the inherentartisanal skills present in North India. The products require a lot of hand-work, multiple processes and human touch. These differentiated products are sold at higher prices- to niche brands, enabling the company to source at higher prices from small specialized factories in and around urban clusters in Delhi.These(Creatnet ensures) higher prices translate to higher wages for the workforce

Creatnet strategically works with these factories and supports them through
(committed)regular work, working capital and capacity development.Over the years the companies approach has shifted from compliance to competence development Currently Creatnet’s business generates sustainable employment for about 375-400 marginalised people (around 80000 people days annually) This is expected to grow to about 1500 sustainable jobs in the next 5 years.Social impact is designed (embedded) into the products and practices followed by the company The internal value chain that supports this social impact are intra-preneurial , inter-disciplinary teams with expertise in marketing, design, merchandising and quality assurance. There is social impact in the way the company is designed.

It creates meaning for the people working within it. The product development center (that makes samples) and the support staff in the company I comprise of around 22 people who are from the marginal sections of society. They have stable jobs, higher wages and benefits for health care and education. The companies provides school fee and tuition support to their children. Leadership across the company makes an effort to provide training and access to enable upward mobility for people who are more dis-advantaged than themselves. The lived values of Creatnet-responsibility, respect, quality, inter-dependence and learning are perhaps the biggest impact for people working in it.

THE NEXT LEVEL

Creatnet supports ideas and initiatives that have social impact. Over the last three years this has included the incubation of Created Education and Aarohan. Creatnet Education runs a pioneering leadership development program for Government school principals. This year-long program is being facilitated for 100 government school principals this year. 4000 teachers and 20000 students are potentially impacted by this years’ work. Over the next 5 years the plan is to support the learning and development of ALL government schools in Delhi. Creatnet support has included covering all the salaries of Creatnet Education till it got grant funding and got incorporated as a separate non-prot company. Aarohan is an innovative community learning center started by two social entrepreneurs- Raghav and Chetan.

Started in Mid 2013, it oers after-school learning for children and skill training (sewing and embroidery) for women. It currently supports the learning of 25 children and has trained 32 women and supports them in getting work.The underlying idea is to support un-educated women to get empowered through work (and money) near their place of stay and enable them to support the learning of their children.Creatnet believes that this innovative model has the potential for educating children without access to good schools and simultaneously empowering women through skill development and work.Innovative teaching methodologies are being developed and tested in Aarohan which include group learning and the use of videos Creatnet along with Ravi Gulati (Manzil) plan to support social entrepreneurs to incubate ten similar learning centers near

the factories that it works with over the next five years. Creatnets will provide fellowship support for 3 years and the seed capital for this incubation.The social entrepreneur will also be supported -in their own leadership development (through the social entrepreneur program facilitated by Darshan and Ravi) – By a curriculum framework – By teacher education This will potentially educate 1000 students every year by the fth year, train about 2500 women in the next 5 years and link them to work Some of these centers will also serve as spaces where teachers from government schools can experience the practice of innovative teaching methodologies for multi-grade and multi-level classes with very little resources

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