After a survey conducted in 2014 in Rajiv Nagar, Mera Parivar found out that 86.8% of women were not working and did not have any profession. They dedicated themselves to household duties and taking care of the children, leaving the labour market to their husbands. Because women did not have a job, they did not have any power to decide about the family savings either and stayed subordinate to their husbands’ decisions.
Mera Parivar decided to initiate the Women Empowerment program to give economic independence to uneducated and unskilled women, by letting them follow tailoring, beauty and design skill-building trainings. After completion of the classes, women can find a job and earn an income, thereby contributing with their part to the family’s income, sharing household duties and children’s care with their husband and taking down the discriminatory barriers that they have suffered during all this time.
Tailoring and beauty parlor programs for women
6-months program aiming at empowering women with few financial resources, in situation of isolation and deprived of liberty, to open new opportunities for them in the labour market.
Classes take place everyday in Mera Parivar's center in Rajiv Nagar (Gurgaon).
SEWING : students learn how to use the sewing machine, to stich simple designed clothes (stitched kurti, blouse, pants kamis, skirts, petticoat) and bags
BEAUTY COURSE : building on the knowledge women already have, they perfect their skills in waxing, pedicure, manicure, haircutting, make-up and hair-styling. Based on practical learning, the women hold a beauty parlor where clients from the local community come to have. Apart from all other regular practices they to have hair coloring, facial wash or even bridal make-up at the final stage. At the end of the training, women are ready to get a job in a beauty parlor.
MAHILA MANDAL : self help groups to empower women in the community
ADULT LITERACY CLASS to give basic knowledge of reading and writing to illiterate women. Every afternoon, women learn how to count figures, basic mathematics, and most importantly how to write their names and read a few words.