The core of our work in Elrhino involves the indigenous tribes of the region, in the forest as well as the factory. These people belong to minority communities, scheduled castes and tribes of northeast India. The more fortunate among them own small patches of agricultural land where they grow their own food; these crops are wiped out year after year under the onslaught of relentless floods in the region of Assam. This is not hyperbole, but rather a socio-economic term that accurately describes their circumstance.
Before their relationship with us, most of our artisans had no access to income security. What they did have in abundance, however, was an inherent skill set based on the indigenous crafts of the region. We work with these potential master craftsmen and women, helping them hone these skill and their financial self sufficiency. All our people, men and women, are first-generation salary earners and the principle breadwinners in their families.
We are committed to creating rural livelihoods and a skilled workforce within communities such as these, in some of the most remote regions of India