e-Inclusion, Winner 2012
The initiative started in 2009, envisaged a web portal to connect rural craftsmen to consumers across the globe. Carefully and thoughtfully collected data has resulted into a structured and uniform database of artisans, their talent and products.The online portal is beneficial to artisans in terms of saving costs with regard to the setting up of physical stores to sell their art products. The portal also provides a holistic exposure of artists to the entire world whose talent was earlier exclusively hidden in fairs and exhibitions.An innovative key feature of the website is the artisan search engine wherein artists can be searched based on a combination of different factors like name, type of craft and location. The portal allows the consumer to navigate to craftsmen’s products through various craft forms, product categories, and geographical location and connect with the artisan directly.The portal has around 300 registered artisans and more than 900 products are listed on the platform. The efforts behind the portal are spread even beyond the web presence.The artisans have been trained to get maximum benefits out of their web presence. They have also been trained about receiving inquiries by SMS and acting upon the same.
The initiative was started in 2004 and aims at bringing people with disability into gainful employment.The vision is economic independence and dignity of persons with disability such as visually, hearing and physically disabled as well as those suffering of muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, mental illness and intellectual disability.This vision has been achieved through the application of a holistic model which aimed at creating and forecasting demand (via a business case), developing the supply of candidates with disability, providing simple but innovative workplace solutions to enable the person with disability to work in companies. To achieve these goals it was necessary to forget collaboration with companies to provide services to enable placements for the active inclusion of person with disability on the one hand and to create awareness about those services to candidates and their eco system to enable their economic independence.The technology used consists of Centralized ERP software which enables the entire lifecycle of the holistic model from the maintenance of the company relationship history,to company vacancies, managing the tasks and services for companies,to candidate management from profile to their history to their training. The project could be realized in more than 300 companies and has enabled the candidates to earn money in dignified employment.