Bridges to Better Lives: SEWA's Community Health Workers

Whether providing preventative health information, yoga classes or support in navigating official paperwork, community health workers spend their long days delivering invaluable benefits to members of the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA). These women are part of the SEWA Social Security Team's Shakti Kendras (empowerment centres), operating across several Indian states. This Workers’ Lives essay offers an intimate look at those who work in the Shakti Kendras, the wide range of services they provide in a challenging policy environment—and what they gain in return.