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Sahaasee Urban Women's Empowerment Program, India

Sahaasee Urban Women's Empowerment Program, India

$35


Sahaasee’s Urban Women's Empowerment program aims to empower poor women living in slums of Delhi and Mumbai through community mobilisation, institution building and the development of their knowledge, skills and confidence to improve family health and socioeconomic wellbeing.

Sahaasee’s Urban Women's Empowerment program aims to empower poor women living in slums of Delhi and Mumbai through community mobilisation, institution building and the development of their knowledge, skills and confidence to improve family health and socioeconomic wellbeing.

In many parts of India, girls and women experience the greatest disadvantage. Families under financial pressure often prioritise sons over daughters, girls are kept home from school to do chores and display higher rates of malnutrition than boys. Many women have little power in family and community life, are financially dependent on male family members, and domestic violence is common.

The "Promotion of rights in South Delhi slums” project is based around the formation and capacity building of women's solidarity groups known as Self-Help Groups (SHGs). Each SHG comprises 15-20 women. Groups undertake activities such as:

  • Leadership training for group leaders
  • Training to help women earn an income, manage finances and family budgeting
  • Education on family and reproductive health
  • Awareness of citizens’ rights and entitlements, and how to improve their families' access to government services such as health and child education

Each group also develops a regular member savings scheme, which grows into an intra-group lending activity. These SHGs are later consolidated into larger bodies called Federations, thereby uniting hundreds of women to enhance their collective economic and social power to play a leading role in the development of their communities.

About Sahaasee

TEAR’s partner Saahasee is called by God's love to see every poor home in India empowered and celebrate life in community where dignity, freedom and justice prevail.

About India

With a population tipped to be the largest in the world within the next decade, India is one of the world’s most populous and complex nations. It is also home to one-third of the world’s extreme poor (those living on less than US$1.25 a day).

While the Indian economy has grown at a staggering rate over the last two decades, this growth hasn’t reached everyone. In many parts of India people continue to live in extreme poverty, unable to meet their basic needs or to escape the burdens of debt, poverty, or even their caste – limiting what they can achieve.

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