Country: India
Location: Maheshwar, India
Dates: November – December 2019 (preferred) or December 2019 – March 2020            
Project Length:  10-14 days
Application Deadline:  TBD
Project ID: 1964


Founded in 2002, this NGO's mission is to work towards overcoming the vulnerability of women who weave on handlooms. They aim to  make handloom a profitable, fulfilling, sustainable, dignified income-earning and life-improving activity, particularly for women in rural areas of India. By providing craft skills training as well as organizational and design assistance which values and integrates traditional design and cultural heritage, they aim to assist in the production of more marketable products. Through the marketing of these products, their goal is to create connections and selling opportunities both locally and abroad which would otherwise be inaccessible to the artisans, in turn creating liveable incomes and empowering the community. They further aims to develop and implement principles of fair trade, fair value for labour, environmental restoration, social-cultural vitality through long-term integration and collaboration with local and global apparel and fashion markets


The focus will be documenting this NGO’s work based in 5 various Project sites.   Specifically it will involve photographing and/or capturing video footage of the entire artisan process from beginning to end: the sheering of the alpaca, the sorting and cleaning process, spinning and dying of the yarn, and then the creation of the final artisan product.   As well, time will be spent documenting life and work at the Organization’s various cooperatives.



  • Experience in overseas development

  • Experience travelling abroad in developing nations


  • Experience in photo-documentary or photojournalism

  • Storytelling - Must submit a minimum of one (1) original article 800-1000 words upon completion of the project, to complement the images/footage of this assignment.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills

  • Adaptable to new and different situations, flexible and patient



Note: As per the NGO, you should expect approximately $175 out of pocket expenses based on your food and recreational preferences.

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