LTI’s Women Artisans Skill Enhancment Project

LTI, UNDP, FUEL & TISSER ARTISANS TRUST to trained 2018 women artisans by 2020




1015 women artisans already provided with skills in handicrafts as part of a pilot initiative

The United Nations Development Programme in India (UNDP India)  announced its partnership with Larsen and Toubro Infotech’s (LTI) corporate social responsibility initiative, and Friend’s Union for Energizing Lives (FUEL), an Indian non-profit organization and Tisser Artisans Trust (TAT), a market linkage partner, to provide skill training to 2,000 women artisans in Mumbai and Thane.

The skill enhancement project aims to skill and create income opportunities through employment or entrepreneurship for women artisans, most of whom come from marginalized communities.

UNDP India will be the knowledge partner and FUEL the implementing partner and Tisser Artisans Trust the market linkage partner. The Disha Project of UNDP India and India Development Foundation supported by Ikea Foundation is also providing technical and knowledge support. The Disha project focuses on enabling women in India to learn marketable skills and connect them with income opportunities.

Women artisans in Mumbai and Thane will be organized in clusters and trained in business skills, product design and packaging. As part of the pilot initiative, 1015 women artisans have been brought on board and trained in handicrafts, Warli painting, terracotta sculptures and fabric jewelry making and more

By 2020, the project aims to touch the lives of 2018 women artisans.

Some Glimpses of our project

Mobilization of women artisans 


This is followed by a scoping visit to the clusters to close conversations with the members, have an introductory conversation with potential candidates, identifying prospective trainers and training venues, etc.




                               Happy faces of Artisans                                             Warli Painting on Paper                           Fabric Jewellery Making Workshop

The training will comprise of hard skills training, as well as soft skills training. On the first day of training, candidates are taken through the course curriculum and can
clear any doubts that they have. The hard skills component is aimed at equipping candidates to be proficient at a craft.





A variety of products has been produced by the women artisans, ready to sell. Products include wall hangings, warli art handpainted clay bottles. ceramic jewelry box warli handpainted, candle holder, trays, canvas and jute warli handpainted bags, baskets, etc

Market Linkages and Workshops 


Women artisans selling their own products in the Mumbai Exhibitions, lots of people love their art. Kids and their parents participated in Warli workshop conducted by our women artisans. Learning the basics of Warli art.

Certificate of Excellence

All women artisans were facilitated with “LTI’s Women Artisans Skill Enhancement Project” Certificate

About UNDP

On the ground in about 170 countries and territories, UNDP works to eradicate poverty while protecting the planet. We help countries develop strong policies, skills, partnerships, and institutions so they can sustain their progress.

UNDP has worked in India since 1951 in almost all areas of human development, from democratic governance to poverty eradication, to sustainable energy and environmental management. UNDP’s programs are aligned with national priorities and are reviewed and adjusted annually.

About Larsen and Toubro Infotech

LTI is a global technology consulting and digital solutions company helping more than 250 clients succeed in a converging world. Founded 20 years ago, with present operations in 27 countries, as the information technology arm of the Larsen & Toubro group, LTI’s unique heritage gives them unrivaled real-world expertise to solve the most complex challenges of enterprises across all industries. Each day, LTI’s team of more than 20,000 LTItes enables their clients to improve the effectiveness of their business and technology operations and deliver value to their customers, employees, and shareholders.

About FUEL

FUEL is a non-profit organization that has its origin in Pune, was initiated in 2006 and emerged from the idea of providing students with access to information and opportunities. Over the last decade, with experiences from wide sectors like education, skilling, employment, and entrepreneurship, FUEL has earned its name in the ‘Champions of Change’ Team spearheaded by Niti Aayog.

About Tisser Artisans Trust

Tisser Rural Handicrafts is a social venture established to uplift the lives of rural Indian artisans. Tisser shares the mission of fighting poverty through job creation in the rural artisan clusters. We at Tisser, work with rural artisans to co-create handcrafted products for you and try to fuse traditional Indian artforms with contemporary utility products. This allows us to deliver quality products to our customers while supporting our artisans with livelihood opportunities within their communities.