Microenterprise success of home-based garment makers in Bangalore, India
Home-based producers are some of the most invisible workers in the unorganised sector in India. In many industries, including garment production, they comprise a significant proportion of the workforce. In order to document this as well as to make visible the contribution of home-based producers, proper estimates of their numbers and output are necessary. Because these producers work within their homes, often on activities closely related to household production for consumption, they are easily slipped in labour force estimates. Added to this problem is the fact that many home-based producers are women, and women have traditionally been an under-counted group within labour force statistics. The purpose of this paper is to make visible the number and contribution of male and female home-based garment producers in Bangalore, India illustrating any deficiencies in official statistics on home-based industries. The paper concludes with recommendations to incorporating the home-based producers and strategies to improve the contribution of female home-based garment producers in Bangalore.