What we do ? & whom we train?
Participant's Profile: Widows and other women in the age group 18 to 45, especially from the BPL class.
The LWEC training is implemented in 5 phases
- The Pre-training Phase:
We do survey of BPL widows and women as per list procured from local social government department. After counselling of identified women for their holistic empowerment and to become self-reliant economically and socially. We also explain them importance of their role in the family and society.Inspirational and encouraging statements made by the trained beneficiary women will help to spread the message in the society, which will help us to work efficiently.
- The Capacity Building Phase:
The women are enrolled by organizing Jagruti Shibir for vocational training considering their interest in a particular trade.
The training is provided systematically through respective expert & qualified trainers covering all the aspects of a trade in detail.
We conduct four training sessions during the year. Each session consisting of around 200 selected women from districts. The practical and theoretical training courses are designed by expert faculties for the duration of 12 weeks.
Vocational skill based Training
3. Beauty parlour
5. Computer education
We do not only provide vocational skill based training to women but go beyond that for their holistic empowerment to make them independent to live with status and dignity in the society.
The following trainings are provided for holistic empowerment of women:1 Self-defence: For personal safety it is important for every woman to develop mental and physical health which leads to boost self-confidence. Considering the same self-defence training is provided to women by a Marshall trainer. Women are practically trained step by step to protect themselves through various techniques of self-defence.2 Gender Equality: Gender Equality is a key factor for empowering women. With an objective to create awareness among women that they have equal rights and opportunities like men in the family, society and nation, we are organizing regular workshops attended by national & international faculties, experts to explain importance and rights of women. The parents and family members of women are also involved to participate in such workshop.3 Banking, Budgeting & Finance: Training is provided by scheduled bank/financial institute officials to create awareness regarding importance of small savings among women. The women are given guidance and instructions to operate bank accounts, prepare budget for their family and how the bank will extend financial assistance for starting their micro units.4 Self-Help Groups: Trained women to form such groups to help each other to become self-reliant and also encourage other women.5 Micro Finance: Supplementing livelihood projects of micro-finance for starting their own micro units.
- Training completion Phase:
After the training a formal ceremony is arranged and certificates are distributed to the trainee participants.
Certificate distribution process is not just ceremonial. It recognizes the efforts the trainee women have to put in and fight all odds to get trained. This certificate becomes a sort of passport for the trained women to get up on their feet, hold their head high and a make a respectable living.
Sharing experience of the women from earlier batches helps to bring more & more women in new batch.
- Hand-holding Phase:
On successful completion of training LWEC provides free of cost quality Equipment’s/Kits to the trained women to earn their livelihood and become self-reliant. The kit is distributed mainly through the donor who sponsored destitute women & empower them to start their own micro units. The widows and BPL women attending computer application course are facilitated with subsidized computer loan.
- Market Linkage:
The skilled women are linked to the various vendors/retailers/wholesalers/company which are selected by our Market Linkage Department.
LWEC has also introduced two models of Self Help Group for Market Linkage with the support of Mr. Kirit Vassa, Jt. Executive Trustee under the banner of Heena Mahila Mandal, under which one group of the women prepare various food items and another group do sewing & embroidery work, sell their products in the market and share the profit among them. Similarly Self Help Group is formed by women to get finance/loans from banks to start their own micro unit. LWEC has also started micro-finance to the women in order to support them to earn their livelihood.
- Impact assessment:
With dedicated efforts and passion, we have been striving to uplift the underprivileged and downtrodden women from poverty and empowering them in the real sense and enabling them to survive their families, educate their children, live with dignity and status and forming a better society and thereby empowering the nation.
However, we regularly conduct impact assessment of the project by collecting, analysing and compiling various key information and data of women.
We engage a qualified third party institution/examiner to make detailed evaluation of the project through impact assessment. An exhaustive report of Impact Assessment touching all aspects of the project is submitted to us. We systematically review and analysis every suggestions included in the report and take necessary actions for further improvement of the project and accordingly we communicate to our valuable sponsors.
A brief progress report of the women sponsored by the donors consisting of their progress right from training to Equipment Distribution to the current status on making them self-reliant is sent regularly to assure and satisfy the actual utilization of their donation for the noble cause.
Women can better survive their families and educate children which improves socio economic status of the society and help GDP growth of the country. After getting skill based training the monthly income per women is Rs.6000/-, the annual income works out to INR 72000 and for next 30 years she can earn approx. INR 2.16 million (Nearly US$ 29 Thousand). The combined income of 8000 women will work out to nearly INR 17.2 billion (nearly US$ 2.293 Millions). This can be considered as a significant Social Return on Investment (SROI).
We always heartily invite our valued sponsors to witness various events of LWEC and an interactive session with the women sponsored by them is conducted on the visit of the donors to our training centre.
Feedbacks/Suggestions from sponsors:
We are always eager to know opinions of our valued stakeholder’s alongwith the feedbacks on the project which actually reflects our progress and update as there is always a room for improvement to make it more effective and sustainable to achieve the desired results for the noble cause.
What we have done?
The Key Numbers:
- Around 8000 widows and BPL women trained.
- 32,000 family members are benefited.
- Trained women have been blessed with sustainable income because of established market linkages- Quality production
- Women gained confidence and receive social acceptance & respect
- Entrepreneurship Kit saved capital investment for trainees
Milestone of Life Women Empowerment Centre
Women Development Award (2010-11) for the outstanding contribution by an organisation in the field of Women Empowerment, awarded on 31st March 2012 at Ahmedabad by the august hands of Shri Narendra Modi - by then the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat.
A real award to us is the feedback we get from our satisfied stakeholder’s which keeps us going through more & more meaningful ways to sustain progressively.
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