WORK+SHELTER is an ethical unit that trains + employs women in New Delhi, India.

WE LEARN

By building on our leadership team’s diverse backgrounds in technology, manufacturing, design, finance, and operations, we’re using our expertise to create a new workforce of women. These women are independent, versatile, digitally adept, and financially savvy. Because many of the women that work with us never finished school, our job training in sewing and production management provides them with the means to find dignified work they otherwise wouldn’t have access to.

WE WORK

Our ethical unit offers companies and brands reliable manufacturing of customizable promotional goods and custom designer goods, as well as support with material and notion sourcing. When working with us, you will know that the workers making your items will be treated with respect. The women we employ are paid a fair wage, work in a safe building, and put in a maximum of 8 hours per day. They also take delicious chai breaks twice daily!

WE PROSPER

WORK+SHELTER combines the power of community, positivity, and inspiration to create a truly aspirational workplace. But our reach isn’t limited to the workplace; we are often instrumental in supporting our employees in various ways. For example, we may ensure that an employee’s children are enrolled in school, or support our employees towards pursuing a more entrepreneurial lifestyle. We encourage our employees and trainees to pursue health, prosperity, and existential meaning.

 

MEET THE TEAM

Theresa VanderMeer

Theresa VanderMeer

CEO


Ritu Marwari

Ritu Marwari

Quality Manager


Nitu Choudhary

Nitu Choudhary

Strategic Support Coordinator


Shivani Goel

Shivani Goel

General Manager


Allyson Dykhuizen

Allyson Dykhuizen

Sales and Client Manager


Britani Hutchinson

Britani Hutchinson

Sales and Marketing Coordinator


Amanda Dye

Amanda Dye

Finance Director


Our History

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

− Theresa J Vandermeer, Founder

Why Women? Why India? 

According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) of India; over 100,000 cases of cruelty by husband and relatives; 33,707 cases of rape; 84,222 cases of sexual harassment, and over8,000 cases of dowry harassment were reported in India during the year 2014.

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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.

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