Neelam Chhiber
Neelam Chhiber is the Co-Founder and Managing Trustee at Industree Foundation. She is also the Co-Founder and Director at Mother Earth. For the past three decades, she has been working on regenerative economies with parts of India's 200 million strong artisanal work force, by providing design, technical, marketing and management solutions to bridge the urban-rural divide. She is also a founding member of #Creative Dignity, a movement initiated by India’s leading artisan skill-based development organisations and experts in the field designed to respond to the needs of the Indian artisan community.

Talking #InclusiveBiz No. 2: Educating the most vulnerable populations effectively despite the pandemic through participatory solutions

Podcast interview by Susann Tischendorf with Neelam Chhiber, Co-Founder and Managing Trustee at Industree Crafts Foundation
South Asia
18. Mar 2021

Industree Foundation (est. 2000) is a Bengaluru-based non-profit working with producers in the farm and creative manufacturing sectors. It builds sustainable livelihoods to ensure that underemployed women can have high and regular incomes, decent and equitable working conditions, and resilience to life crises.

In this second episode of the iBAN podcast, Neelam Chhiber, co-founder of Industree Crafts Foundation, provides an insight into her work reskilling women in rural India during Covid-19. What are the main challenges to the education model due to the pandemic? What are the new tools and formats of learning that have been successfully implemented? And most importantly, what can we learn and how can we adapt to the new situations created by the pandemic?

woman working
Building sustainable livelihoods. © Industree Foundation

Key takeaways: 

  • Having a smartphone is of critical importance for new learning formats.
  • There are simple roadblocks that need to be taken into consideration when working with vulnerable women. 
  • Never exclude the men from the empowerment work. 
  • Look at the glass as half full and not as half empty, as an organization.


Listen to the podcast here