SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
Promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all
Over the past 12 years, the world has seen the lasting impact of the 2008 economic crisis and global recession. Despite the trying times, a majority of the world has survived the fall in economies and sustained poverty. Developing countries have emerged victorious as the number of workers living in extreme poverty has since declined drastically. In India, 34% of the middle class is employed — a number that has almost tripled between 1991 and 2015.
But, in comparison to global metrics, we’re still witnessing slower growth, widening inequalities, and lack of jobs to keep up with a growing labor force.
This is why building stronger economies is a global priority.
What does inclusive economic growth do?
It makes our world more prosperous, generates more opportunities, and improves the well-being of all sections of society, especially the underprivileged.
Labor Force in India Today
A Digitally Empowered Ecosystem for Artisans and Weavers – Chitrika
Chitrika, a registered Non-profit Organization (NPO), is managed by professionals from the Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA), Hyderabad. It was established in 2006 with 20 weavers in the khadi cluster villages near Ponduru. The organization has since grown to employ more than 110 weavers from cities and villages in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. They work relentlessly with a singular vision in mind — to co-create sustainable and successful businesses that are owned and operated by the artisans themselves.
The Sonata-Chitrika Partnership
We’ve helped Chitrika transform digitally by making its existing website more responsive. This website helps artisans own and operate their businesses self sufficiently.
How are the artisans benefitting from this?
The artisans get the chance to directly connect with their customers through the digital platform and increase their manufacturing and sales potential.
Designing and Developing An E-commerce Storefront of Arts and Crafts — Industree
Industree Crafts Foundation (Industree) is a non-profit organization that works with artisan entrepreneurs in villages and small districts. Industree generates employment and provides secure livelihoods by creating an ownership-based, manufacturing ecosystem for small producer-owned businesses.
The Sonata-Industree Partnership
We at Sonata have designed an e-commerce-enabled storefront for Industree’s creative manufacturing clusters. This platform connects artisans from remote, underserved zones directly with their urban consumers. Together, we aim to positively impact their family incomes, improve their social standing, and enable access to education, healthcare, and other services.
Delivering A Digital Museum Experience — Museum of Art & Photography (MAP)
The Museum of Art & Photography (MAP) is a project of the Art & Photography Foundation, a non-profit organization that’s dedicated to furthering the awareness, education, and conservation of Indian art and heritage. The MAP building in Bengaluru is going to be India’s first major private art museum. The project is expected to open to the public in 2020.
The Sonata-MAP Partnership
With a commitment to widening the community’s access to art and culture, we’ve offered MAP a grant, and are also developing their website and mobile app. By using these digital platforms, anybody can book tickets for MAP’s various events. This digital repository also helps MAP host digitized versions of prominent artifacts.