As we mentioned last week, we’ll be celebrating women makers, artisans, and entrepreneurs all March long, on the blog and via email! For this week’s spotlight, we’re traveling to India to get to know Ohrna. 🇮🇳 This incredible organization seeks out rural women who cannot obtain work without leaving their homes or village. They provide them with training and education to empower them through education and economic opportunities. They turn these impoverished villagers into powerful Indian women artisans who command respect with their confidence and skills! Now that is something worth celebrating.
So, let’s dive a little deeper into their story, shall we?
Empowering Indian Women Artisans Through Education & Economic Opportunity
Ohrna has dubbed their approach to empowering Indian women artisans “Learning to Earning.” After women are selected to become an artisan with Ohrna, they get started on this journey of empowerment.
Ohrna is unlike many other artisan cooperatives as they travel to the villages to provide these talented women with everything they need. The women don’t have to leave home or travel to meet them where they are at in life.
The Ohrna Learning to Earning Model Empowering Indian Women Artisans
So, what does the Learning to Earning model entail? It’s a multi-step process.
Ohrna Also Embraces Sustainability for Brighter Futures
But, Ohrna is also creating a better world as a whole, which you’ll uncover in their creative process!
The Ohrna creative process focuses on simple designs that are easy to train and make but produce immense beauty. They utilize traditional arts and crafts with methods like Kantha embroidery but add a modern and contemporary style. They call their unique vibe “'contemporary with a touch of tradition,” which we love! But beyond that, we love how intentional they are with the products they produce.
All the products they make, from the jute bags to the home décor, are crafted using all-natural fibers from both jute and cotton. Jute is an eco-friendly fiber called “golden fiber” due to its value and color.
Naturally, as they make these products, there will be scraps. But instead of throwing the scraps out, they use them to create smaller products like dolls and scrunchies! How fun is that?
Lastly, their inspired packaging is one-of-a-kind. They utilize recycled saris and breathe new life into them, creating special pouches to ship their products in!
With a goal of being “sustainable to the core” nothing goes to waste, and they use only all-natural products. This differentiates them even beyond their mission to do good for the women they employ. They’re truly making history and rewriting the future for the next generation!
Shop Ohrna & Support Indian Women Artisans with Simply Inspired
To celebrate Ohrna and their unique story, we’re featuring a few of our favorite products from them crafted by these talented Indian women artisans in our Spotlight on Women Makers Collection.
We're featuring these beauties for home and fashion at 20% off through March 30th:
1. For the on-the-go friend:
2. For the plant parent or work-from-home friend:
3. For the fashionista friend:
When your purchase provides women with empowerment via economic opportunity and educational access, it’s truly something special. So let’s all aim to #LiveSimplyInspired and be intentional with every purchase we make. Not just during a celebratory month like March!
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