The Shanthimalai Handicrafts Development Society was established in the year 2001 in Tiruvannamalai. The Society functions with the main objective of helping the poor village people in the surrounding areas of Tiruvannamalai. At the time of its inception, it was considered that, by providing the rural folk with proper training in traditional weaving methods and other types of native handicraft-making, it would enable them to earn their own livelihood in a respectable manner and that too, from a trade which would be beneficial to their culture as well as the environment, resulting finally in improving their social and economic standards.
Their activities include: Awareness Generation activities, Capacity building of women, Entrepreneurship Development Programmes, Handicraft-A Rural Technology , Protecting the Environment , Abolition of Child Labour, Adult Education and
Awareness Generation Activities:- Women Welfare Laws, Social Justice, Human Rights and Equality, Empowerment of women, Female Infanticide, Entrepreneurship and Marketing, Child Labour and the rights of children, Loan sharks and Internal Loans, Abolition of social evils including bootlegging, Capacity Building Of Women, SHDS is involved in the following activities to build up the capacity of women: Awareness Generation, Vocational Training, Skill Training, Income Generation Schemes.
Handicrafts and Textiles