Street Vending in times of COVID-19
Manuals for street vendors on their rights along with health and design guidelines in response to Covid-19
COVID-19 has brought unprecedented adverse effects on the lives and livelihoods of informal workers across the world. Natural and weekly markets have had to shut down due to lockdown restrictions in many cities. This manual was developed in collaboration with Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing - WIEGO to help street vendors in Indian cities practice social distancing and take necessary precautions for their own as well their customers’ safety during the pandemic. It also includes a 'Know Your Rights' section providing critical information on rights of street vendors with India's Street Vendors Act 2014 explained simply using stortelling tools and narrated by our home grown mascots Lina and Bindu.
Available in Hindi and English, it is intended for use by individual vendors as well as market associations and organizations working to promote vendors’ rights, to aid further in the dissemination of this information to the vendors. The research was informed by case studies from across the world as well as pilots conducted in Delhi as part of the Main Bhi Dilli campaign.
The manuals and posters were developed through a process of design development through several user feedbacks by street vendors and social workers at SEWA. You can access the manual in our Open Source section here.