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By
Leslie Vryenhoek, with files from Laura Morillo
Home-based workers are among the world’s most invisible and overlooked workers, and they are all too familiar with insecure earnings and isolation. Increasingly, however, they have been organizing. The COVID-19 crisis has underlined just how valuable that collective association can be for individuals—and for communities. This blog provides examples of how home-based workers have met the challenge by adapting.
By
Leslie Vryenhoek, with files from Laura Morillo
Las personas trabajadoras en domicilio están entre las más invisibilizadas y descuidadas del mundo, y están demasiado familiarizadas con la inestabilidad salarial y el aislamiento. Sin embargo, han comenzado a organizarse cada vez más. Esta crisis resaltó lo valiosa que puede ser la asociación colectiva para los individuos y para las comunidades. Este blog presenta algunos ejemplos sobre cómo las personas trabajadoras en domicilio han logrado adaptarse para superar los desafíos que se les presentaron.
By
Marty Alter Chen

On March 24, Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, announced a 21-day lockdown across India to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The very next day, recognizing that the lockdown would break the food supply chain, the Municipal Corporation of Ahmedabad, India, announced an innovative initiative called “Vegetables on Wheels” to deliver fresh vegetables and milk to curfew wards of the city by e-rickshaws (electric 3-wheel rickshaws).        

By
Carlin Carr

The world’s garbage workers are on the frontlines of the pandemic, and their work has become increasingly risky as they keep cities clean. For informal waste pickers, these challenges are even greater. They often operate without protective equipment and sort through materials by hand as they recover and recycle people’s discards, which can be everything from plastic wrap to milk cartons to dangerous medical waste. Coronavirus germs, as we now know, can live on any of these surfaces, sometimes for days. 

Las personas trabajadoras en la parte inferior de la cadena de suministro textil (trabajadoras subcontratadas, en su mayoría mujeres, que cosen desde sus hogares para algunas de las principales marcas, a menudo a cambio de centavos) son las más vulnerables y a quienes se las olvida más fácilmente. En el marco de la crisis de la COVID-19 han quedado devastadas por la falta de salario y la pérdida de pagos por trabajos ya realizados. Dado que las marcas no se están haciendo responsables, quedan abandonadas a su propia suerte.