Who are Home Based Workers

Who are Home Based Workers

General category of workers who carry out remunerative work within their homes or in the surrounding grounds can be referred as ‘home based workers’ . It does not refer to either unpaid housework or paid domestic work. Homebased work ranges from traditional handicrafts such as weaving, embroidery, making shoes, garments to packaging etc. It is usually labour-intensive and often done by hand, although some women use sewing machines or other tools.
 
It is estimated that the number of HBWs in Nepal is around 2.2 million. Mostly these HBWs are involved in producing handicraft items and textiles. Although homebased workers make a signicant contribution to the national economy their work is unrecognized and are usually poorly paid, are denied from legal protection, minimum wage guarantee, and social security benets. Home based workers are often exploited by traders and middlemen. There is rarely a regular supply of work, These workers are rarely counted in social statistics or recognised by trade unions.
 
Since its establishment SABAH Nepal has been zeroing in on its mission of empowering the rural and urban women
home based workers of this informal sector through economic self-sufficiency.

Sabah Nepal has membership in various categories namely Stitching, Weaving, Yarn craft & Food Processing.