Strengthening financial capital of drum-makers using sustainable frameworks.
The Dholakwaale are an urban artisan community living in an informal settlement in Thannisandra, Bangalore. They have traditionally been drum-makers for the past 500 years, with specialized artistry in woodwork. Even though this community of nomadic Mirasis, originally from Uttar Pradesh, possess a skill that has sustained across multiple generations, their art is under threat. They don’t have property ownership and are continually evicted from their temporary settlements. Although rich in talent, passion and skill, their musical instruments cater to a very niche customer segment. Selco has enabled an efficient and reliable energy delivery mechanism in the form of a mobile central charging station that is collectively owned by the community. Market linkages were established to sell their drums, along with assistance for marketing and branding of their product. Selco is also exploring other sustainable livelihood opportunities for this vulnerable migrant community