Mahila Housing Trust, India
Design internship working with local communities in the informal sector to improve their living conditions.
Coming from Canada, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work at Mahila Housing Trust for several months in Ahmedabad, Gujurat, India. Mahila Housing Trust is a non-profit organization that addresses basic habitat services including water, sanitation, sustainable energy, housing and land rights. MHT focuses on empowering women in poor communities and believes that “all citizens, irrespective of their residential status, have a right of equal access to services, and a right to be treated with dignity.”
This projects’ aim was to propose conceptual design solutions for various livelihoods in the informal sectors, to improve their living conditions and work efficiency through the use of spatial design. Four different households were visited in various slum communities. Through discussion with the residents and upon analysis of their work habits and space management, design solutions were formulated.
Icons for a Women’s Training Module on Governance
These icons were designed for a training module workshop to educate women in the informal sector on the importance of understanding governance and how it can relate to them on an individual level in their community. The icons were used as visual tools, designed to be simple and relatable since most of the women are illiterate.