Money is not meant to generate money; money should generate an increase in production, an improvement in the conditions of life and a progress in human consciousness.
The Mother

Social Enterprises

The Mother envisioned social enterprises to be an integral part of life in Auroville and a means of financially sustaining the economy of the Auroville community. She designated one of Auroville's four zones as the 'Industrial Zone', and gave it the name 'Auroshilpam'. As this Sanskrit name connotes, industries in Auroville are mainly small-scale and pollution-free. Many of them deal with handicrafts. Auroville has around 170 enterprises proving employment to around 5000 people from the neighbourhood. 

These social enterprises either provide the basic material necessities for the residents of the community or generate income for the general maintenance of the township, while also sponsoring other projects for the community and in the neighbouring villages.


  • Creating abundance for the growth of Auroville & building a common collective prosperity
  • Providing a healthy & sustainable environment for the development of people
  • Supporting fair trade practices and fair & lawful labor relations

An Overview

Social Enterprises
170+
People Employed from Neighbourhood
5000
Private Ownership, only Trustees & Stewards
No
Trade and Labour Relations
Fair
Research Institues
5
Units
4