Tamil Nadu, India

Dalit workers in Tamil Nadu

The Tamil Nadu Labour Union in South India organises dalit* men and women, who are employed in poorly paid jobs such as scavengers, sweepers, quarry workers, and graveyard workers. Traditionally these groups have not been organised and they are highly vulnerable to exploitation. Hundreds of local leaders have been trained and union membership has built to more than 30,000.

Your support helps train and organise cooperatives and unions so dalit men and women can increase their family income and also gain respect and recognition in their wider community.

Women basket weavers are forming a cooperative based business

Members of the Basket Weavers Cooperative in Tamil Nadu

*Once known as untouchable, dalit is the name preferred by those at the bottom of the Hindu caste system in India. It means “downtrodden or oppressed.”

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