Neelam Chhiber is the Co-founder and Managing Trustee at Industree Foundation. She is also the Co-founder and Director at Mother Earth. For the past three decades, she has been working on regenerative economies with parts of India's 200 million strong artisanal work force, by providing design, technical, marketing and management solutions to bridge the urban-rural divide.
Over the years, Neelam and her team have built a holistic ecosystem that works with rural women in India to equip them with the necessary skills and tools to set up self-owned enterprises close to their homes. This has already impacted 60,000 producers. Their work ensures that communities become part of mainstream value chains with customers such as IKEA, H&M Home, and the Future Group. This gives them greater control over their economic security and resources to significantly improve social gains such as social security, better health care, improved resilience to crises and improving overall resilience.
Her work is now transforming into building a platform for Inclusive Entrepreneurship for Women with very strong technology enablers so that in the years to come, solutions being built could use the power of networks and scale up faster (PIE.Foundation). Neelam is one of the founding members of the Collaborative Initiative, Catalyst 2030, which is a movement of NGOs, enterprises, intermediaries and funders to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 (https://catalyst2030.net).
She is also a founding member of #Creative Dignity, a movement initiated by India’s leading artisan skill-based development organisations and experts in the field designed to respond to the needs of the Indian artisan community, which is estimated to include 200 million people (creativedignity.org).