What we do

Empowering a creative group of women to handcraft their futures, as well as beautiful products integrated with the indigenous art forms of India.

A truly handmade experience by the women of Mandawali, East Delhi, India

Our Story

6 years ago, a group of teachers walked through the lanes of Mandawali, a low income community in Delhi, India. An area defined by unemployment and hardship, the teachers’ eyes were caught by a flicker of peach colours, so stark against the urban backdrop. The flicker was a girl, running around in a beautiful dress her mother had created for her. As the teachers moved through the back streets, they realised that behind closed doors lay huge potential, as unemployed mothers quietly created things that the world was yet to see…

An invisible dot on the map, Mandawali is one of the many places in India experiencing the repercussions of a lack of education and employment opportunities. At the heart of the problem are the women of Mandawali, of whom only 26% are employed, with 90% of their income going to their families, 55% less than that contributed to families by employed men in the area. ( a report by Clinton Global initiative)

In 2014, Khwaab started our journey with a dream to financially empower women by imparting creative skills and using these skills to create products. These are now marketed to a global platform with earnings retained by the women, and funnelled into the wellbeing of the children and communities. With this dream, these 29 female artisans have gone from earning a few hundred rupees a month, to an astonishing 8,000 to 9,000. We wish to facilitate even more womens’ livelihoods, with 500 female artisans receiving an income of between 15,000 to 20,000 rupees a month.

Bear witness to their stories, and take this journey with us to make our vision at Khwaab a reality.

मेरा ख्वाब के लिए बहुत बड़ा सपना है की हमारा ख्वाब बहुत आगे तक जाये और हम जैसे कई महिलाओ
को रोज़गार मिले I हमारे प्रोडक्ट्स इसलिए महत्वपूर्णड है क्युकी वो म्हणत और प्यार से हाथ से बनाये जाते है l उनमें केमिकल जैसी कोई चीज़ नहीं है जिससे कुद्रत को नुकसान नहीं पहुँचता है lलोग हमारा सामान खरीगेंगे थो उतनी हे ज़्यादा महिलाओ को रोज़गार मिलेगा l उनको भी उनका सपना पूरा करने का मौका मिलेगा और आर्थिक रूप से उनकी मदद होगी l

संगीता तिवारी
स्टोर मैनेजर,ख्वाब, १९/९/२०१९

I have a big dream for Khwaab, that we reach great heights and many women like us get livelihoods. Our products are a symbol of hardwork and love and hence they hold great importance. They don’t have harmful chemicals that impact the environment negatively. The more products we sell the more women get livelihoods. They will also be able to fulfill their dreams and have financial support.

Sangeeta Tiwari,
Store Manager , Khwaab