Aagor Daagra Afad is a nonprofit organization for the benefit of some of the poorest tribal women in Bodoland, Assam (India). Aagor –means “design” in Bodo language and is the brand name of product from Aagor Daagra Afad, an organization of the weavers. It was started as a weaving project under The Ant in 2002 with an aim to promote the traditional craft of rural Bodo tribeswomen in order to make it significant source of livelihood and also to build a positive image of the Bodos in other part of the country.
Aagor has divided the weaver’s community into three different clusters- Udangshri Dera (Freedom camp), Rowmari and Mongolian. Presently Aagor works with weavers in 12 villages and 110 women weavers (permanent & Temporary). Each of the three clusters is headed by a cluster coordinator who oversees all activity in these areas, and reports back to the manager on a weekly basis regarding the status of the fabric woven and the yarn needed.
Aagor integrates a housemaid rehabilitation programme whereby some 25 to 30 of the poorest girls in the area, most of who worked as housemaids for as little as 5000 rupees a month, reside for 6 months at Aagor’s weaving centre. This tenure allows them to earn and save as much as 25 to 30 thousand rupees, which has allowed about 75% of them to be liberated from a life of housemaid drudgery.
Aagor needs a working capital loan of Rs. 10 lakhs that will allow it to purchase yarn and manage wage repayments. The organisation will repay the loan within 24 months (first six months will be a moratorium period where there will be no principal repayment). Do lend your support in helping this remarkable organisation scale its business activity in a sustainable manner.