Empower Foundation works with the vulnerable sections of the society especially with women through well-strategized impactful interventions in the areas of literacy, livelihood generation, dissemination of public information, and advocacy. These programs focus on the overall capacity building of the participants in order to make them self-reliant and self-sustainable.
The literacy program works on the model of ‘functional literacy’, which means that, the module is set in a manner which would only be focusing and helping them to manage their daily activities and safe-guarding them from getting exploited and harassed.
Kiran which means a ray of sunshine is significant to this program’s concept. It is an awareness generation program that focuses on empowering marginalized groups by creating interactive sessions with the audience while disseminating information and knowledge.
SANKALP is an initiative funded and implemented by Empower Foundation It is designed to assist the individuals who have lost their employment and livelihood in the covid 19 pandemic, but has the urge to start afresh.
Empower Foundation in partnership and association with Empower Pragati implements this program. The organization works with corporates by effectively executing the CSR initiatives of these organizations. Empower Foundation also conducts programs impacting social issues in the field of skill development, women welfare and empowerment, vocational training and education.
Bebi Kumari was one of the brightest women entrepreneur from the first cohort of the HER&NOW Project. She has her own bag-making business, which she operates from home. With the support received from the organisation, especially in terms of financial support, she is currently manufacturing 3-4 Bags on daily basis and has been getting a profit margin of 20-25%. She has generated revenue of Rs. 30000/- in the month of August. Her aim is to offer third party manufacturing service to small brands as well as to sell her manufactured goods online. She aims to increase her production to 10 bags daily in the near future. She also plans to employ 2 more women to assist her and increase the production rate of her enterprise. In this way, she would be also supporting other women from her village, by giving them employment opportunities.
Sonam Saini, a young girl from Moradabad, is into a business line, where majorly women aren’t a part of. But her courage helped her to take a step forward to start this venture where she is into trading of utensils made of brass metal. She works as a middle person between the wholesaler and the customers. With the support she has received after joining the HER&NOW program, it has helped her to escalate her business to higher levels. In the last month, she has sold material of Rs. 40000/-; by incurring a profit margin of 25% every week. She is currently managing a profit of Rs. 40000/- month. She aims to reach out to maximum number or retailers and consumers of brass wares in her city and other nearby places, which would help her in scaling up her enterprise’s revenue.
That feeling of emptiness of not possessing an object or talent makes an individual greedy or envious towards others, who possess them. But this story is not about any fancy object like jewellery or money; it is about possessing the opportunity of getting literate.
Being an illiterate woman in this society, it was not easy for Maya to live her life, as being an illiterate she was exploited on many accounts in her everyday life. Being a mother of two and a housewife she strongly believes in nurturing her children and taking good care of her family.
Her priority in life has always been her family and their needs and their gratification. She always understood that illiteracy limits an individual from their overall growth and it also affects their overall functioning and growth. As per her prior to joining the Badlaav course she only knew about her surroundings, and was completely unaware of the basic capabilities of writing, reading or inculcating in basic calculations and numeracy skills. But now she has grasped and has learnt those skills and applies them currently in her day-to-day life.
She says that the program has helped her in propagating a message that “village women too can read and write and the only thing they require is a bit of handholding for a limited span of time, to grasp the knowledge which is being shared with them.”
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