- April 22, 2019
-- Women from underprivileged communities often see their rights being misused and have no role in decision making due to lack of financial independence. In most of the scenarios, men have the financial authority over the family while women struggle to raise their children in adequate conditions and access to education. In this context, NGO Lakshyam's women empowerment initiatives seem to pave the way to their brighter and fulfilling future. The non-profit organisation describes how its efforts for these women towards a self-employment capacity through skill building is the key of providing economic and social autonomy that they were unaccustomed to.
For us at Lakshyam, providing underprivileged women with valuable skillsets and feeling of fulfilment is the only way to their independent, free and self-sustaining life. This is what we aim to achieve through our "Rooh" programme, especially designed to cater to the needs of marginalised women. Rather than staying at home and waiting for the men to come back from difficult duties, their autonomy leads to a crucial and positive impact for their families and themselves. That is why we fully support the development of life-building skills through the implementation of regular workshops and training sessions in our centres.
Thus, manual competences;
easily learnable or developable;
such as tailoring and stitching, are being taught to the women. Several professionals and designers come to our centres to offer their expertise to the ladies. By integrating new techniques and knowledge, these women start working on their own after a certain period. Thanks to this skill enhancement and autonomous work, they are given the chance to craft easily marketable products such as bags, trays, dolls, toys or even pencils. Moreover, Lakshyam focuses on the preservation of the environment by supporting the recycling and reusing of materials. We provide them with raw materials and reusable katran pieces out of which they can exploit their creativity by fabricating all sorts of eco-friendly handicrafts.
Then, another important of our steps is to provide an adapted platform to showcase the women's talents and therefore generate income. For this, Lakshyam regularly ties up with various stores, located inside famous commercial malls for instance, where it can put up booths and showcase the handmade products to attract interested customers. Also, the active participation at numerous well-known lifestyle & fashion exhibitions such as "The Best Bride Show", organized at the Lalit in Delhi earlier this year turns out to be a golden opportunity for Lakshyam's empowered women to showcase their handmade products on the occasion of well-known events.
Thanks to these initiatives, the generated income is partly being re-distributed among the working women as a salary and partly used to improve their skillsets through further workshops and support of professionals. Besides giving them a feeling of satisfaction and fulfilment, this economic empowerment has also created a marked difference in their awareness towards education, healthcare, social status and family life. In this way, one of these meticulously made products can decorate your atmosphere or even be of a good daily use while providing underprivileged women with a chance to become independent in a difficult environment. Finally, a handmade product that has been developed with loads of hard work and creativity inspires children. It prevents ethnicity and tradition from dying and encourages children to love and appreciate passion, dedication, and imperfection.