We are delighted to introduce our Maker Community – the women we have worked with since Secret Projects began in 2014, who lie at the very heart of Secret Projects.
We couldn't have empowered as many women as we have without the assistance of a number of reputable Indian based charities and NGO's that do amazing work. Through these organizations we are able to link with communities of women with good sewing skills, who want to be able to earn their own living from their expertise, but need support to find income-generating opportunities. These women are warmly welcomed into our Maker Community, forming their own local Secret Projects Maker Group and, with our support and training learn how to make Secret Products.
The effects of Covid-19 on our Maker Community
Of course the landscape has become very different since the global pandemic began in 2019. Lockdowns have meant that it has been much more difficult to keep in touch with our Makers. We have worked hard to maintain contact with as many of the women as we can, but with travel restrictions and reduced communications we have faced challenges. We are glad to have provided income for some of our Makers throughout the pandemic through our Secret Face Masks for India appeal, as well as fulfilling orders for an NGO who asked Secret Projects to produce face masks.
Reaching as many women as possible to provide empowerment through training and the making and selling of clothing and homeware remains our absolute priority and we are constantly seeking new and innovative ways of moving forward as a business at this uncertain time.
Something that will never change at Secret Projects is our passion to help our Makers develop professionally and one of our key aims remains to inspire the women to set up their own micro-enterprise, if this is something they would like to pursue. We understand well the complexities involved, from sourcing premises, to quality control and sales and marketing and Covid-19 had made this even more complicated. Our Virtual Training for Empowerment Programme is tailored to cover as many aspects as possible to provide our Makers with training that is relevant to their ambitions and goals, as well as being supportive and inspirational.
Each women is very much an individual to us and we hope that you enjoy learning more about the people who make our Secret Products with such love and care.