We express our deepest gratitude to our remarkable network of collaborators and individual supporters who have played a pivotal role in every stage of the Hum Sab Ek project, from its initial ideation to its execution. The unwavering support and invaluable contributions from each collaborator have been instrumental in bringing this vision to life and shining a light on the experiences of marginalized women in India’s informal sector during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This project would not have been possible without the collective efforts and collaborative spirit of our network of collaborators and individual supporters. Your contributions have made a profound impact, fostering empathy, raising awareness, and advocating for the rights and well-being of structurally disadvantaged women in India’s informal sector. We are deeply grateful for your unwavering support and unwavering belief in the power of storytelling to drive positive change.


  • The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute
  • FXB Center for Health & Human Rights at Harvard University
  • Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

The Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA)

The project owes its realization to the invaluable work of the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) and its extensive network. SEWA’s support and involvement were instrumental in accessing the voices and experiences of the women within their network. Through this partnership, the project was able to establish connections, build trust, and gain insights from the women directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

SEWA’s network provided a strong foundation for engaging with the women and ensuring their active participation in the interviews and throughout subsequent stages of the project. The organization’s established relationships, expertise, and understanding of the needs and challenges faced by women in the informal sector greatly facilitated the project’s access to the community.

The collaboration with SEWA offered a broader perspective and contextual understanding of the structural disadvantages faced by women in India’s informal sector. SEWA’s guidance and support helped frame the interviews and project objectives within a larger socio-economic framework, enhancing the project’s impact and ensuring a comprehensive exploration of the issues at hand.

We are immensely grateful to The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute for their support, expertise, and commitment to fostering a deeper understanding of India and South Asia. Their collaboration has been instrumental in driving the project’s impact and aligning it with the highest standards of academic excellence. Their expertise and guidance have been instrumental in shaping the creative and conceptual vision of the Hum Sab Ek project. Their deep understanding of life in India and their extensive knowledge of the region’s socio-cultural dynamics have greatly informed the outputs and outcomes of the project.

The Mittal Institute’s expertise has been a guiding force, helping us navigate the complexities and nuances of the Indian context. Their deep insights into the cultural, economic, and social landscape of India have provided invaluable guidance, ensuring that the project’s creative vision and conceptual framework are grounded in a thorough understanding of the region.

We express our gratitude to the FXB Center for Health & Human Rights at Harvard University for their invaluable support throughout this project. Their expertise and partnership have been instrumental in advancing the objectives of our initiative and shedding light on the intersection of health and human rights within the context of our work.

The FXB Center’s deep knowledge and research in health and human rights has helped our team navigate the complex landscape of human rights issues faced by marginalized communities. Their collaboration has provided us with access to resources, networks, and expertise that have enhanced the impact and quality of our project. Their ongoing support and engagement have played a vital role in amplifying the voices and experiences of marginalized populations and advocating for their rights.

We thank the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Rose Service Learning Fellowship for their generous funding and support of the Hum Sab Ek project. The Fellowship supports students and post-doctoral fellows at Harvard Chan to travel and engage in service learning projects.

This support has allowed us to expand this initiative significantly by expanding our team and broadening our scope of work.