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P-TAL

Transforming labourers into entrepreneurs

For-Profit • Social Enterprise • B2C

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STARTED IN 2019

By Enactus SRCC & Kirti Goel

LOCATION

Jandiala Guru (Amritsar, Punjab), Madhya Pradesh, Haryana

CRAFTS

Thathiar
(hammering brass & copper into utensils)

PRODUCTS

Home Decor & Kitchenware

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ARTISANS

42

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LIVES IMPACTED

96

YOY GROWTH

375%

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DID YOU KNOW?

Only Indian craft to make it to the prestigious UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2014.

When the Sikh Empire was at its peak, Maharaja Ranjit Singh established Jandiala Guru — a small village, about 20km from Amritsar — as a crafts hub, by bringing in the best artisans from across the country.

ਜੰਡਿਆਲਾ ਗੁਰੁ

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What differentiates the Thathiar craft from others making copper, brass, and kansa utensils is the ‘thak thak’ sound that comes from the hammering of the vessels. The dotted designs on the vessels are unique to the thathera craft.

ठ से ठठेरा कब सुना था आख़िरी बार?

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A part of the village’s legacy, the Thatheras, who once thrived in a post-partition era, have now dwindled in numbers.

Long before COVID-19 and the lockdown, the artisans saw their earnings collapse, which further reduced the number of families involved in the occupation from 500 to 30.

 

Enactus SRCC, a student-led non-profit, started P-TAL to help the artisans find their way back to their traditional craft by unifying and organising them into an institutional society, enabling them to realise greater profits and higher incomes.

 
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CHALLENGES

There were many deep-rooted inefficiencies that contributed to the near extinction of the craft form.

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Internal competition among the different groups of Thatheras

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Lack of access to markets owing to corrupt middlemen

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Inability to keep up with changing consumer tastes

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Competition from steel and machine -made products

 
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SOLUTIONS

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Unification of Thatheras through formation of SHG and legalising their identities as artisans and entrepreneurs.

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Product innovation marrying traditional technique with modern designs.

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Integration with suppliers to ensure quality raw materials.

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Employing a supervisor to ensure standardisation in processes and product quality.

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Establishing market linkages through 12 retail outlets, 15 craft exhibitions, a website, and 18 e-commerce platforms.

 
 
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ECONOMIC IMPACT

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Livelihood provisions for 42 artisans 

Artisan ID cards for each craftsperson

600% rise in income

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SOCIAL IMPACT

Revival of a craft form, aiding the preservation of intangible cultural heritage

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Institutionalising combined with higher incomes has led to social upliftment of the Thathera community

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Improved working conditions inclusive of safety gear, hearing aids, and industrial muffs

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ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

128 trees planted under ‘Plant a Virasat’ campaign

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P-TAL's sustainable packaging reduces dependency on plastic

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WAY FORWARD

60% of the profits from sales go to the Thatheras. 40% is reinvested into P-TAL.

MEET MANDEEP 

Mandeep Kumar, 28, is the youngest in the community of Thatheras. He was working as a textile salesman but seeing his father dedicate his life to his craft, he started to gravitate towards it as well. Mandeep has now joined P-TAL full time as an artisan. He hopes his children will also join the craft in the future because there is now better potential for earnings, thanks to P-TAL’s model.

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“We always receive the full amount; P-TAL has never given us less money than the amount due to us. We have made a lot of profit from this work. If this continues for the next 5 - 10 years, we will train our children in the craft and introduce them to this business. Every night I pray that every Thathera continues to get work from P-TAL and their households and families continue to benefit and prosper.”

— MANDEEP KUMAR, ARTISAN
 

SDGs

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PHOTOS & VIDEOS COURTESY P-TAL
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