Ms. Neelam Chhiber is Co-founder and Managing Trustee at Industree Crafts Foundation, Co-founder and Managing Director, Industree Skills Transform Private Ltd. And Co-founder Director at Mother Earth. An Industrial Design graduate from National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, she has, for the past three decades, been working with artisans in rural areas, by providing design, technical, marketing and management solutions to bridge the urban-rural divide.
Over the years, Ms. Chhiber and her team have built a holistic ecosystem that works with rural women in India to equip them with the necessary skills and tools to set up self-owned enterprises close to their homes. Industree works to ensure these communities, become part of mainstream value chains and therefore have greater control over their economic security.
Her most recent endeavour Mission Creative Million aims to strengthen the resources of a million producers in the next 9 years to achieve both economic impact including regular work, increased wages and financial stability and social impact improved agency and voice for women at home and in their communities as well as better educational opportunities for the next generation.
Ms. Chhiber believes that her biggest challenge and reward has been facilitating and equipping producers to manage themselves in changing scenarios.