India - Sewing Initiative
In the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh there is a city that is built around commercial fishing. Consequently, there are many widows as a result of fishing work-related deaths. These are extremely poor, lowest-caste women and children left in deep poverty.
We started a project in 2014 to teach these widows valuable sewing skills so that they can be self-sustaining with a decent income. At the conclusion of their training program, we give them their own sewing machine! So far, over 20 women have successfully completed their 6-month training course. There are over 100 such widows in this area.
The first phase requires approximately $5000 USD to rent space where the widows can train. Upon completion of the training program, each woman is given her own sewing machine and assembled workplace, which costs approximately $150 USD.
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