After the riots of 1986, AWAG started intervening with riot-torn women and responded to their demand of generating income. Initial steps in that direction led gradually to registration of AWAG-EKTA Industrial Co-operative Society in 1992.
AWAG-EKTA had initiated its intervention in that area of Ahmedabad where Muslims and Hindus have lived in close proximity. This was done specially with the view to bring about harmony among the rioting communities. The co-operative therefore was towards that ideal and was called AWAG-EKTA, ‘ekta’ meaning unity, signifying the future of the communities.
AWAG-EKTA has had both Hindu and Muslim members and women of both communities have worked together. Their bonding has been such that it did not take them long to unite even after devastating riots of 2002.
More recently, the co-operative is also engaged with Fabindia for garment making.