NOIDA, India, Dec 16, 2023—HCLFoundation, which drives the corporate social responsibility agenda of global technology company HCLTech in India, commemorated two years of My E-Haat initiative with a conclave that brought together industry leaders, artisans and stakeholders who collectively recommend the strengthening of the value chain to boost India’s handicraft sector.
HCLFoundation’s My E-Haat initiative introduces artisans to new trends and design innovations, AI and IoT-based craft authentication technology, international certifications, and business development opportunities. It also offers artisans direct access to global audiences through the My E-Haat online platform. Till date, the initiative has positively impacted over 3000 artisans across 15 states of India.
The Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Okhai.org, Pyxera Global, National Cooperative Union of India, International Cooperative Alliance (ICA), SEWA Bharat, Foundation for MSME Clusters (FMC), Shiv Nadar University and other organizations working in the crafts and livelihood sector attended the My E-Haat Conclave 2023 held on December 15, 2023, at the National Craft Museum, New Delhi.
“By bringing together key stakeholders through the My E-Haat Conclave, we aimed to create a platform for meaningful dialogue and collaboration that not only gave voice to the talented artisans but also drove positive change in the industry. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all participants, sponsors and partners for their contributions in making the event a success,” said Dr. Nidhi Pundhir, Global Head of CSR and Director, HCLFoundation.
The conclave, with a special focus on the support provided by the Government of India, helped facilitate conversations on enhancing the value chain and the future of craft-based collectives in India. The conclave explored maximizing the convergence between handicraft and technology for measurable impact, strengthening women entrepreneurs and learning from cooperative models in export-centric districts of India. The conclave highlighted the needs for inclusive and sustainable collective models.