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Circular Apparel Innovation Factory (CAIF)

Our Role in Saamuhika Shakti

In the Saamuhika Shakti initiative, Intellecap, through its Circular Apparel Innovation Factory (CAIF) initiative, aims to establish an integrated Circular Textile Waste Management (CTWM) model in Bengaluru which enables recovery and reclamation of value from textile waste while creating green and sustained livelihoods for the waste worker communities.

CAIF will leverage Bengaluru’s existing Dry Waste Collection Centres (DWCCs), operated by waste entrepreneurs (WEs), as a network of hyperlocal centres to enable textile waste collection, sorting, and selling post-consumer textile waste to unlock a new revenue stream for WEs.

What we do?

Intellecap, a global impact advisory and part of the Aavishkaar Group, works towards building businesses and ecosystems that can benefit underserved segments across Asia and Africa. Circular Economy (CE), climate change, gender and livelihood, financial inclusion, natural resource management and enhancement of the private sector are some of the core themes it works on.

Intellecap seeded Circular Apparel Innovation Factory (CAIF), in collaboration with Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd. and Stitching DOEN as its anchor partners. CAIF is an industry-led initiative, a common action platform, with a vision to accelerate the transition of the fashion industry across the global south to become resource efficient and responsible and create sustained green livelihoods. CAIF’s mission is to build the ecosystem and capabilities to enable circular economy to move from the margins to the mainstream, across the global south.


The broad areas of work under the project include:

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