Based in India


A For-profit with social mission

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Organization Details

SilaiWali is a fair trade social enterprise in New Delhi that up-cycles waste fabric generated from apparel scraps to create handcrafted decorations by Afghan women refugees in India. Silaiwali is certified by the World Fair Trade Organization as a Guaranteed Fair Trade business entity. As an ecological and ethical enterprise, we invested in a circular economy model.

Impact Story

Environment:  Silaiwali is located in New Delhi NCR ­— the National Capital Region is the biggest hub for garment manufacturing in India. Textile waste generated by the fast-fashion industry is the second largest pollutant after vehicular emission in the cities. Abiding by fair trade principles, Silaiwali augments circular production by up-cycling textile scraps and dead stock from the garment-manufacturing industry to create high-fidelity home décor products sold all across the globe. To this day, Silaiwali has recycled 11 metric tons of waste fabric. 

Solidarity: New Delhi is a home for Afghan refugees fleeing from the excesses and instability in their home country with the intention to settle down. Silaiwali works with Afghan women refugees based in New Delhi under the guidance of UNHCR (The UN Refugee Agency) mandated livelihood programme for refugees. Silaiwali currently generates sustainable incomes for between 80-90 women refugees, adhering to the principles of fair wages, a clean working environment within walking distance from the homes of the refugees, and observes a zero-tolerance policy toward engaging children for labour.

Diverse Social Enterprise

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Ethnic & Racial Minority
Owned & Led
Owned & Led