WORK+SHELTER is an ethical outsourcing solution and a safe space where women in India receive training and earn a fair wage.

WE LEARN

With lessons in technology, finance, health, and law, we’re creating a new workforce of women that are independent, versatile, digitally adept, and financially savvy. We build on our stakeholders’ strengths, explore their creativity, and help them pursue entrepreneurship or find jobs in the community.

WE WORK

We offer brands straightforward, reliable services including high-quality fair trade product manufacturing, human intelligence tasks and more.

WE PROSPER

WORK+SHELTER combines the power of community, positivity, and inspiration to create a truly aspirational workplace. We encourage stakeholders to pursue health, prosperity, and meaning.

Leadership
Theresa J Vandermeer

Theresa J Vandermeer

Founder

Jorel Van Os

Jorel Van Os

Co-Founder

Namita Krul

Namita Krul

Co-Founder

Savita Arora

Savita Arora

Program Manager

Kavita Bekal

Kavita Bekal

Trustee

Allyson Dykhuizen

Allyson Dykhuizen

Knit Expert

Our History

"We are not a charity. We expect our stakeholders to work and deliver a high-level quality end product that can be sold in the international market. "

− Theresa J Vandermeer, Founder

WORK+SHELTER focuses on women’s empowerment and poverty alleviation. Fundamentally, we provide women in India with fair-trade work and, should they need it, a safe place to live with their dependents. Each shelter has a physical location where activities are centralized.At our pilot, W+S New Delhi, women are entered into our paid training program where we teach them the skills to create high-quality products for the export market. The only entry prerequisite we have is demonstrated economic need. When the woman completes training and begins to produce for the export market, we increase her pay. The women are paid whether or not the products sell.Beyond work and shelter, we regularly confer with the women to ensure their other key needs are met. For example, at W+S New Delhi we are currently assisting one stakeholder to find medical support for her kidney problems. We also actively support the women to ensure children in their family are in school. We are aware of each woman’s unique challenges and actively work with them to overcome them together.

Why Women? Why India?According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) of India; 89,546 cases of cruelty by husband and relatives; 21,397 cases of rape; 11,009 cases of sexual harassment and 5,650 cases of dowry harassment were reported in India during the year 2009.

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of women are less likely to hold salaried jobs in the large and medium-sized towns that are increasingly important centers of economic life in the Indian countryside. As such, in 2013 women only earned 62 percent of a men’s salary for equal work.

WORK+SHELTER is working to change that.