"Craftroots is a unique platform that showcases and brings into spotlight the best of craftsmanship from Gujarat. Craftroots, an initiative of Gramshree aims to empower artisans by connecting them to our resources, tools and network of partner members.
Craftroots was born to revive, preserve and share the craft traditions of Gujarat, India with the world. We aim to bring together people, process and technology to revive our traditional craft and building an eco-system with partner members to develop a scalable and sustainable model for craft development. Our partner members include Artisans, NGO’s, businesses & corporations, prominent designers, architects and educational institutions that specialize in design & development of various craft forms.
At Craftroots, we support Fair trade and Craft mark certification standards."
A day of rest and reflection at the Environmental Sanitation Institute (ESI). This is Niswarth's favorite place to rest, reflect, discuss, dream and connect our experiences with our thoughts and feelings.
"The Environmental Sanitation Institute (ESI) is a non-governmental organization based on the Gandhian values of environmentalism that strives to provide a better quality of life to rural peoples and the urban poor of India by improving their sanitation situation. The Institute was born in 1985 out of its mother NGO, Safai Vidyalaya (“sanitation institute”), under the leadership of Padmashri Ishwarbhai Patel. The Environmental Sanitation Institute tackles the problem of sanitation with the holisitic mindset that the issue affects the environment, health, education and economy of the whole country."
Visit the Setco Foundation in Kalol. Our hosts are Urja and Harshal ('88) Shah. NIswarth has visited their programs many times, and we are inspired by their approach to community development. Focused on education, healthcare, nutrition and economic development, the Setco Foundation has launched many innovative and sustainable community programs.
"The Setco Foundation was created in 2007 to implement the Setco Group’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives focusing on healthcare, education and empowerment. We invest our resources to improve the quality of life of our stakeholders. Our primary outreach is in Panchmahal which is a tribal district of Gujarat, where we have created communal harmony by bringing together different castes and religion. Our goal is to enhance their capacity to drive positive change to create a strong, self-sufficient and progressive society."
Visit Vankanerda Village with Sureshbhai - a Niswarth friend and partner for many years. At this village, he has started a youth group, promoted organic farming, established a village library, experimented with an honesty shop, and started festivals and fairs to celebrate the village's heritage. His goal is to develop self-dependence and self-sufficiency in this village as a model for other villages.
Visit the Riverside School. Learn about Design for Change - "the largest global movement of children driving change in their own communities by unleashing their "I CAN" superpower." The DFC program started at the Riverside School, and Niswarth students will be involved in a DFC project with Riverside students this year.