The project was founded in 1968 for the vocational training of women that do not belong to a caste. The Indian Kadhi Movement (which has its origins in Gandhi’s efforts to support the rural industry) backed the first attempts carried out with needles carved out of wood and later on with filed aluminium needles. Today the needles come from Germany. Currently the project provides employment for more than 600 knitters – nearly all of them women from the “backward classes”.
The knitters nowadays are organised in a cooperative and receive a supplement of 50% on top of their regular wages. Bonus payments and profit-sharing are also rewarded.