About us

Drivers of change

At “UPAYa™” we use “fashion as an agent of social change” to turn challenges into opportunities. Every purchase empowers women artisans to overcome socioeconomic barriers and live safer healthier lives. Sakhi initiative is a unique platform that provides women artisans with the skills and platform to become financially independent funded by Hindustan Zinc Ltd. and carried out by Manjari Foundation. Sakhi traversed a significant distance along the path of building a self-reliant social enterprise. Under Sakhi, more than 27000 women have mobilized in 195 villages of Rajasthan and Uttarakhand.

A key function under the initiative is to promote the brand “UPAYa™” as a premium “Hand Crafted” brand promoting, preserving & celebrating traditional artisanal practices. These efforts have intensified in the last few years and that is how “Upaya” came in the existence. “UPAYa™” has transformed the grassroots craft activity into a fully-fledged social enterprise and offers products with exotic designs, a blend of new generation craft, and traditional embroidery. The beauty of the craft not only engages the senses of the buyers but also gives a level of fulfillment at their end, as the purchase of these products ensures the contribution of the buyers in the empowerment journey of women in a way or the other!

Welcome abode in this journey of empowering women to lead change!

OUR JOURNEY

2017

Established training Centres in Rajasthan

Established training Centres in Rajasthan

With these centers, artisans get the necessary training to work for the modern aged fashion and people’s requirements.

2018

Established training centers in Uttarakhand

Established training centers in Uttarakhand

More centers have been established to reach, connect, and add 200 more women with UPAYa.

2019

Apparel micro enterprise was set up

Apparel micro enterprise was set up

One more milestone to extend our work, we setup apparel micro enterprise and participated in Jaipur Literature Festival.

2020

Launched Upaya’s Web Platform

Launched Upaya’s Web Platform

To reach and connect the global audience, we have launched Upaya’s Web Platform where people from anywhere can connect with us.

2021

Coming With Amazing Products

Coming With Amazing Products

We are pledged to support artisans and to serve an amazing collection of Indian ancient art in the modern form of fashion.

Training and capacity building:

We have designed training modules that aim at continuous skill up-gradation and skill development of the artisans & garment workers

  • Continuously assesses the skill levels of artisans with A, B, and C analysis of their skill
  • Special training modules are prepared for C grade and B grade artisans to upgrade their skills.
  • Orientation of Quality

    a). Checking measures.
    b). Capacity building of the master craftswomen to run common production center.
    c). Costing, business planning, production planning, and Microenterprise management, etc.

  • Upaya is also engaged in building the capabilities of its artisans as grassroots managers to ensure efficiency at all stages of operations

Current facility & operations

  • Based on the market demand and forecasts the in-house design cell of Upaya continuously works on the new product and design development
  • Facility Center with over 100 machines right from cutting to finishing stages
  • This centre also has the warehouse and a state of the art design cell
  • This center also has the warehouse and a state of the art design cell
  • Deep diving, researching is undertaken to understand the national market trends, buyers preferences
  • Focus is on spring, summer & winter all the 3 seasons for the retail market
  • Cost reduction
  • Effective monitoring of quality control system
  • We are also focusing on the festive season and follows the buyers season and cycle
  • Master crafts persons are been involved in the sampling process
  • Over and above the leaders are responsible for the day to day quality checks at the villages’ level
  • No women go back without work from the center, and payments are done on the spot

Way forward

  • We work from the ground up, building responsible business practices.
  • Marketing focus now is to communicate UPAYa product across customer touchpoints
  • Upaya strategy is proposed which focuses on the ethnic /modern women’s & men’s apparel, home furnishings, and gifts /accessories in the high-end premium market, the mainstream fashion market, and staple products market.
  • Upaya will be partnering with design specialists and institutions to address the need for continuous skill up-gradation for its artisans and fashion designers
  • Focusing on the festive season and follows the buyer’s season and cycle.
  • Handicraft is the outcome of the ingenuity and creativity of the artisan, the strategy is so as to get more remuneration to the artisan women.

Deploying technology to enhance productivity

  • In order to improve the efficiency of the supply chain and be able to track order processes, improve speed and efficiencies and be able to track orders, Upaya has implemented an MIS system.
  • This has resulted in strengthening the backward linkage (namely distribution of work, collection, wage generation, wage tracking, quality tracking) and also in improving the overall business strategy and operations.