Production Oriented Units/Industrial Units
The Paul Brandt Saga
Paul Brandt, the father of Plastic surgery and the son of a missionary once came to Anandwan to witness its activities. Upon seeing the leprosy maimed patients doing hard manual labor, Brandt criticized Baba, calling him a cruel and heartless man. But little did he then understand Baba's dictum, 'Let them lose their limbs but not their dignity'. Baba challenged Brandt to send a research team and monitor for a year the physical, social and economic health of his deformed workmen.
Once the year was up, Brandt was surprised when his research team reported that the work force had suffered absolutely no health damage thanks to their participation in the production units. In fact, those who were once submissive and timid due to continuous rejection by society were now confident and independent economic propositions, contributing handsomely to the Anandwan treasury.
Paul humbly submitted to Baba and subsequently strongly recommended his name for the Damien Dutton Award, the highest international award in the field of Leprosy. Baba Amte received the Damien Dutton in 1983.
Not knowing when the rain gods would unleash their fury or if there would be a failed harvest, in order to lessen the dependence on agriculture as a source of income, Dr. Vikas Amte, the head of the institution wished that industrial production be given due importance in Anandwan. Started under the aegis of Sandhi Niketan in April 1970, industrial activity today flourishes in Anandwan.
Anandwan's commercial activities include producing everything ranging from cloth, mattresses, carpets, ready-to-wear garments, leather products, metal furniture, including iron beds, desks, and benches, tricycles, metal storage bins, water coolers, and air conditioners. And all these are prepared by the rehabilitated members of the Anandwan Community. These production oriented units account for nearly 40% of the Anandwan Economy.
Activities in Anandwan General Workshop
- Handicrafts and Art Section
- Cloth weaving
- Carpet Weaving
- Tailoring and Garment Stitching
- Leather Crafts
- Hand- Knitting
- Metal Fabrication Workshop
- Spinning & Weaving
- Wood Carving
- Automobile Repair
- Electrical Winding
- Brick Making
- Products made out of discarded tin cans
|Durries / Carpets
||25,394 square feet
|Greeting Cards and Artwork pieces
The Handloom and Power loom section
Together, the handloom and power loom weaving units produced nearly 100,000 meters of cloth in the financial year 2006-07, which was valued at nearly Rupees 35 lakhs. In the financial year 2006-07, Anandwan produced 25,394 square feet of mattresses and carpets worth more than Rupees 5 lakhs.
Art Work and Handicrafts
The philosophy that guides the Handicraft section is Baba's motto 'The artist is not a special kind of man, but every man is a special kind of artist.'
When you enter the Art section of Anandwan you will be surprised to see drift-wood, dried leaves, stones, wax, empty bottles, matchsticks and matchboxes, worn out tyres, X ray sheets, thrown away pieces of cloth and broken bangles, everything that nature has provided and man has left to decay, being molded into exquisite greeting cards, wall pieces, posters and diaries by the people with disabilities here.
In fact, what is special about the Art Work and Handicraft section is the unique way in which they use agricultural waste like the bark of Banana palms and paddy straw. The bark of the Banana palm is brought straight off the farms. The processing of the bark involves intensive sun drying and moistening to strip the thick bark into malleable pieces. Thereafter stencils are used to cut out attractive patterns from the bark to be used to fashion greeting cards and posters. Similarly, spiral paddy straw brought to the artwork section from the paddy fields is dried, slit and straightened out before use. Every creation contributes towards keeping the economy ticking.
In the year 2006-07, more than 61,000 greeting cards were sold. The total contribution of the Art Work and Handicraft section to the Anandwan Treasury as income from sale was a whopping Rupees 6.3 lakhs.
The Anandwan printing press prints notebooks for the schools and colleges run by Maharogi Sewa Samiti, and all the stationery required by Anandwan. Apart from this, it carries out printing work for several outside agencies that prefer to order their printing work from a nonprofit organization. During the financial year 2006-07, Anandwan completed printing orders worth close to Rupees 10 lakhs.
Metal Fabrication Workshop
The metal furniture workshop produces iron beds, desks, chairs, benches, metal bins, sieves, baking trays and other metal items. The workshop's output in the year 2006-07 was more than Rupees 22 lakhs.
GENERAL WORKSHOP – ANANDWAN
|Particulars ||Cost of Production |
|Income from Sales
|Durries / Carpets Section