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Small Business

Small Business

$60


Description

This gift provides valuable training and access to group savings, which enable low-interest loans to get a small business started. Not only does it generate an income for a family, it creates a sense of worth and greater social participation.

How your gift helps

“When women move forward, the family moves, the village moves and the nation moves.” So said the first Prime Minister of India, and today, women like Urumila (pictured) are embodying this truth, supported by your gift to TEAR’s work.

These days Urumila welcomes customers to her bright beauty parlour in New Delhi with a smile. Not so long ago, however, she was unable to see anything of beauty about herself or her life.

As is often the case with women in urban slums in India, Urumila never used to leave home. She wouldn’t interact with anyone outside her family either. That changed when she came into contact with TEAR’s local Christian partner Saahasee. Saahasee works to empower and restore dignity to women through a range of programs such as micro-finance (credit cooperatives) and livelihood training. The combination of skills and business training results in income and improved self-confidence.

After doing a course in sewing and beauty therapy, Urumila took in sewing work at home and saved enough to start her beauty parlour. Now that she has three children at school, she can put time into her business. Her husband is also benefiting from this new income stream - they were able to upgrade his rickshaw so that he can earn more!
Just as important, Urumila can see the benefits to her sense of self-worth: “I feel very good now. I feel I have some self worth. I never thought that could be.” All things are possible when people are helped to see themselves for who they really are.

What you receive
  • Choose from a Printed Card, Download & Print (PDF), E-card, or No card.
  • Links to Download & Print (PDF) and E-cards are emailed to you after checkout.
  • The amount you have donated will not be on the card.
  • Printed cards:
    • A blank envelope for your card.
    • Free standard postage within Australia (5-7 working days) or $6 for Express Post (2-3 working days). Express Post cards will normally be sent the same day if the order is made before 1:30pm AEST. Please note: Express Post only operates in these areas within Australia.
    • Note: We cannot ship printed cards outside Australia (but you can still order the digital cards).
    • Note: We do NOT write on your cards — they are delivered to you to personalise.
  • A tax-deductible receipt.