Alia is the world’s first portable benefits platform for domestic workers.
In 2015 we kept hearing from domestic workers: we need benefits. Stories of workers who had to choose between staying home when they were sick or putting food on the table at night. The constant stress of having no safety net to rely on. No access to benefits.
So, we decided to build a solution.
Alia was created for domestic workers, and has been designed first for house cleaners, who are some of the most difficult workers to provide access to benefits to. Most house cleaners have many clients, so Alia allows for many contributors. Most clients vary in how much cleaning service they need, so Alia contributions are prorated. Most house cleaners’ client lists change as new clients are added and old clients discontinue service, so Alia Benefits are attached to the worker, not the job, making them truly portable.
Alia is based in New York City.
Note: You might notice that throughout our website, we refer to domestic workers as “she”. While domestic workers are not only women, they are mostly women, and domestic work has long been considered unskilled or unprofessional labor because it was seen as “women’s work.” We have chosen to use “she” to personalize house cleaners who are so often unseen in our society, and to raise up the women who have for so long done the work that makes all other work possible.
About NDWA Labs
NDWA Labs is the innovation arm of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.
NDWA Labs experiments with new strategies to improve work for domestic workers. Founded by Palak Shah, NDWA Social Innovations Director, NDWA Labs’ work covers three areas: creating digital products for workers, private sector collaboration, and policy and shaping the Future of Work.
The National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) is the nation's leading voice for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the US.
Founded in 2007, NDWA works for the respect, recognition, and inclusion in labor protections for domestic workers. NDWA is introducing the first ever national Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, to provide basic labor protections to domestic workers.