- 25% of Indians live below the poverty line.
- Current unemployment rate in Inida is very high - about 10%*
- To empower the country economically and for effective poverty reduction, providing livelihood opportunities is a crucial solution.
- Even though there is large labor force, most of the labor force is not readily employable and lack basic skills essential for the job.
- Women constitute only 27% of labor force
- We strongly echo Pt. Nehru’s words: You can tell the condition of a nation by looking at the status of its women.
Challenges addressed by us
- Our primary beneficiaries are women who are underprivileged and unemployed, yet have the enthusiasm to learn and the motivation to empower themselves.
- We focus on both rural and urban populations.
- Rampant problems for women in India to fetch employment include lack of support from families, superstitious beliefs and the fear of peers’ impression on them.
- In rural India women are shy to come out, there is no established job market and there are very limited economic opportunities for women.
- In urban India underprivileged women are willing to work but the job market is very competitive – they do not possess the necessary skills to obtain jobs. Majority who still manage to find jobs are in the unorganized sectors.
- Underprivileged women also lack soft skills like ability to interact freely and express views, inability to perform elementary math essential for routine life, possess very little communication skills as most of them are devoid of elementary education
Theory of Change
- Our theory of change is two fold –
- Economic and Educational empowerment are crucial aspects in empowering a society
- By empowering the women, we empower the families, and these benefits often have ripple effects empowering the society as a whole
- Empowerment of women is essential to harness the women labor in the main stream of economic development. Empowerment of women is a holistic concept. It is multi-dimensional in its approach and covers social, political, economic and social aspects. Of all these facets of women’s development, economic empowerment is of utmost significance in order to achieve a lasting and sustainable development of society. An empowered mother can create an educated family and conglomeration of educated families leads to the end product of a knowledge rich country.