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WELL Paper -Women Empowerment Through Livelihood

WELL Paper -Women Empowerment Through Livelihood

Social enterprise for women empowerment through recycled crafts and training programs.

A model for Social enterprise

​Empowerment through​ Enterprise development with Eco-Handicraft, mainly Up-cycling​

History & Today’s organization:

​WELL was Initiated in 2005 as a tsunami rehabilitation program​ for Local women.These days Wellpaper has grown into a school for Enterprise development through ecological awareness. 

Over time, the women’s groups have developed into autonomous units, making their own business decisions towards their goal of financial independence. Today, some of the WELL women are conducting the training workshops themselves to reach other local women and small business units.

​​Vision & Missions:

The two main elements of WELL’s Vision are​​ Empowerment through social enterprise development ​​and Ecological Awareness.

​The missions are to train local village women with skills to build, manage and maintain self-sustaining business units. The Empowerment program include general education, Skills training, guidance and support in product development,​marketing, team management, personal development ​and more​.

Wellpaper​’s products are hand-made ​from local waste ​using different Up-cycling techniques as papier-mache, weaving, coiling and jewellery assembly. Up-cycling mainly newspaper and Plastic bottles, Styrofoam and more. The products range from home decor like baskets, placements, bowls and accessories like jewellery and common handicraft.

​Wellpaper is a unit​ ​under of the Auroville foundation.

Leaders & Team:

The team backbone is the WELL women who are involved in decision making and daily operations, The WELL women are conducting the up-cycling workshop and trainings. The project was initiated and founded by Orly Alon ​and Danny Merguei. Today Danny is the Executive who manage the Wellpaper team which includes ​Saranya as administration manager, Marutuh as quality and storeroom manager and recently Deepankar joined us as Marketing developer and a volunteer artist as the project Eco-artist and volunteers coordinator.


External affiliation: Linked with AVAG

Opportunities at WELL Paper -Women Empowerment Through Livelihood

Daily tasks: Different activities/helping hand can be identified ranging from paper cutting ,card board cutting ,  gluing , trimming, painting etc. The WELL women will decide the timing of your gradual stages of involvement in the production. Many additional opportunities can also be taken up at WELL by the volunteer with  gardening, compound maintenance, store room help, packing and parceling help, photos up loading, empowerment classes etc.  A volunteer is also free to explore other activities and suggest new ideas of generating income for the WELL women empowerment program.