Skill training and livelihood for 5000 women

Buddha Education Foundation wishes to create a collaborative solution for women and become an enabler to their entrepreneurial dreams. It wishes that women everywhere are aware of their Constitutional and legal rights, and are helped to find the wherewithal to fight for them. This would be achieved through economic independence – a system in which skill development is made available for a variety of cottage industries and also market linkages are provided to ensure that the product made is sold at the right price, at the right time to the right customer. It is a matter of great concern that women, especially those belonging to the backward classes – minorities, dalits and those in villages are further away from the mainstream, and hence should be provided much greater support. It is these sections that I wish to focus on in the proposal I have detailed in the following pages.

With this in mind, the Trust in collaboration and support from Engineer’s India Limited a public sector undertaking, Government of India took the initiative to train 5000 women belonging to backward classes and also provide suitable livelihood opportunities to them. We ensured that livelihood training given to women is in line with current market requirements, and aim to reduce the gap between their existing skill sets and their upgradeable marketable skill sets. Women with existing literacy skills were provided training for basic computer, typing and IT skills, training for call centre operations etc. Other women were provided training for home – based products such as agarbattis, pickles and other processed food items, handicrafts etc.

Target Areas: North West Delhi Parliamentary Constituency(SC reserved seat) comprising of Nerela, Badli, Rithala, Bawana, Mundka, Kirari, Sultan Pur Majra, Nangloi Jat, Mangol Puri and Rohini
Overall objectives of the project:
• To capacitate women of target areas and increase their employability
• Provide skill training to a minimum of 5000 women per year over a period of 1 month each
• Provide market linkages and other financial and legal support to target women to increase their employability and wage earning capability
• Enhance quality in life in target areas for targeted women and their surroundings
We envisaged that these women be trained by members of existing successful women-centric models such as Lijjat Papad, the Tata Steel Rural Development Society amongst others so they are able to achieve a real world connect with their skill training and see firsthand the positive outcomes of such interventions, and by reputed training organizations. We were also able to link these beneficiaries to various schemes of the Government of India, which provided them with financial assistance and enabled them to setup their small – scale ventures. Schemes such as the Prime Ministers Employment Guarantee Scheme, schemes of the Khadi and Village Industries Commission etc. were prime contenders for the beneficiaries to receive necessary assistance.