Jone Pryadarshini Mahila Mandal better known as JPMM is a women's society in Bethany Leprosy Colony. Formed in about 1994/5 as a solidarity group it has since evolved to include sub groups of self help savings groups, and it also has a production section. Those women in the sub groups that can sew are called on rotation to complete orders making urn and jewellery bags for Canadian funeral homes, cushions and assorted other bags and storage items for export as well as runners and napkins and cushion covers in locally sourced handloom cottons for international customers. All profits from the sewing work are shared amongst all the members.

JPMM has decided to support the retirement period of an elderly master tailor from the colony who works for them cutting and mentoring new tailors.

ABOUT JPMM - October 2016
NameJone Pryadarshini Mahila Mandal
Location in IndiaBethany Leprosy Colony, Bapatla, A.P.
Type of GroupWomen's Society
Type of CraftSewing
ProductsBags, cushions, accessories for funeral homes
No. of women138
No. of men0
Leprosy affected62
Family member of people affected by leprosy76
Other disabilities0
No. of artisans with no disabilities76
Sales to MESH in 2014-15Rs. 218,876
Total Sales in the year 2014-15Rs. 218,876
Sales to MESH 2015-16Rs. 447,944
Total sales in the year 2015-16Rs. 447,944
Sales target to MESH in 2016-17Rs. 800,000
Total sales target in 2016-17Rs. 800,000
1. Capacity building programmes organised by the group in 2015-16Yes
2. Group 's participation in capacity building programmesYes, MESH Network Meeting
3. New products introduced in the yearYes, new gift wrap storage bag; Malkha and Koyalagudam fabric runners and napkins
4. Achievements/changes in the group in the yearOrganising meetings regularly
5. New activities actions in the yearImproving past activities, no new activities
6. Major learnings in the last yearEach and everyone learned FTF principles and most of orders are despatched timly with better quality.
Fair Trade affiliationsNo

The film below has been made for IM Swedish Development Partner as part of a series about empowered women from around the world. We are delighted that they chose Amaravathi from JPMM. You can see the films about the other women here

[b]Product Collections

Natural Dyed Collection
Koyalagudam Collection