Pushpaben is part of Lok Swasthya SEWA Cooperative (LSM), a health co-operative. During the pandemic, LSM began producing effective herbal hand-sanitizers to be sold at a low cost, in order to make them available to those in need. This pivot was a boon for Pushpaben, who had suddenly found herself in the role of the sole breadwinner of the family.
LSM started producing two types of hand sanitisers: SEWA Hand Rub and SEWA Clean Hands. SEWA Hand Rub is made with neem and tulsi extracts and is liquid based; and SEWA Clean Hands is a gel-based hand sanitiser. This move was aimed at helping control the spread of Covid-19, as well as to ensure work and income security for informal women workers.
Pushpaben shared, “I am the only income earner in the household, and have to support my elderly parents. When we were informed that our work would continue during the lockdown, I was extremely relieved. I have been coming to work every day and earning well, with all the safety measures in place. I am thankful that I can continue to work so that my parents can stay home.