The mobile van is a unique concept of reaching out to the remotest area and the poorest of people like those in the remote salt pans.

  Video Conferencing
SSK also gave an opportunity to members to experiment with using video conferencing as a means of communication. Video conferencing had its genesis in SatCom operations of SEWA. The idea was that emerging technologies could be merged with SatCom, enabling more interactivity and multimedia interventions. Districts like Kheda, which had a medium range of bandwidth, had successfully logged onto cities of Ahmedabad, Delhi, Washington and Kabul to share experiences with their counterparts in those regions.

SEWA was approached by World Bank Institute (in 2003) to guide women in Afghanistan about the Micro-enterprise activities. They realized it would be difficult to organize the interaction between women in the two nations without two-way video-conferencing. SEWA members visited Delhi and participated in a video conference with Afghanistani women. These 2-hour sessions have grown into a regular affair (held every 3 months) and Ahmedabad office of SEWA is now equipped with all the facilities to organize video-conferencing. SEWA has provided guidance on artisan-works, marketing of micro-enterprises, packaging issues. It was soon realized that if video-conferencing is possible across borders then SEWA can surely utilize the same facilities to connect different villages. The SSK was seen as the core to provide connectivity as it had the requisite equipment and technology. It was also envisaged as the fountainhead of overall SEWA activities with the community.

Women running micro enterprises in the garment industry and master craftswomen from rural areas used video conferencing equipment to dialog with their sisters in Dacca, Kabul and other developing regions of the world. Visually experiencing each other across thousands of miles and sharing camaraderie sans boundaries exposed the women to other cultures, ways of thinking and that there were millions like them who faced the constant, daily struggles in their lives. Similarly, video conferencing had been experimented and explored by members of SEWA, across districts of the state and with other national locations to interact, share and update each other with the latest happenings, solutions to problems and learning from each other.

To quote an example of successful use of video  conferencing in enhancing livelihood opportunities, the spearhead team leaders of craft activity visited the Dhokawada SSK in Patan district to access the newly created designs (sent by electronic mail) developed by professional designers from premier institutes or fashion houses. These designs were basically incorporated in the artisans' value-creating activities (embellishments on products) to respond to trends in the international markets. After discussion among the crafts-women, the artisans modified the design, electronically, to reflect traditional motifs and thus an interesting east-west fusion was attained - all by using internet communication, aided by simple tools of designing.