Vocational Skills Development
The women living in Basti Hzt. Nizamuddin have few opportunities for earning an income. Coming from conservative backgrounds, their families prohibit them from stepping out of the neighborhood without an escort. They are often dependent on the earning male members of the family. This makes their position extremely insecure. There are also many cases of deserted wives, young widows and women headed families.
With little or no savings and no social security system in place, most women turn to moneylenders or pawnbrokers for loans in times of crisis. This may help temporarily but it increases their vulnerability in the long run as they have to pay exorbitant rates of interest. The formal banking systems do not attract the poor because of bureaucratic procedures and inflexibility of the banking system. As a result ,poor women do not have a buffer against emergencies and are impoverished further in times of crisis.
The Foundation provides vocational skills development in the following areas:
- Beauty Culture
- Computer Courses
- Cutting, Tailoring and Embroidery
- Baking and Catering
Thrift & Credit:
The Self- Help Groups (SHGs) formed under the Thrift & Credit program enable community women to save regularly & access credit to meet their needs on mutual help basis. The loans are taken for livelihood activities, housing, medical, educational & other expenses of the family. This aims at socio- economic empowerment of the underprivileged women.