When women are systematically denied access to the same economic opportunities that men can access, cycles of poverty are created and repeated. WomenServe is always looking for ways to remove these cultural barriers so that women can empower themselves and create their own opportunities. These interventions offer training in indigenous handicraft techniques, social and economic support, and best practice knowledge banks in an effort to improve income generation and bolster entrepreneurial activity.
The Thar Artisan Collective
(TAC) is an economic development initiative that allows for the retail and wholesale of the textile crafts created by the village women of Western Rajasthan. TAC provides women with ongoing skill development in traditional handicrafts and international market access linkages. There are currently 128 members in the Collective, in two villages with TAC centers who are increasing their skill level and household income. Our goal is to build their capacity to a point where they can be self- governed, have a good understanding of business practices, improve quality and increase their order fulfillment capacity, by linking TAC members to other companies and helping them develop their own brand.
Self Help Groups
(SHG) are collections of 8-12 women who willingly join together for support, discussion, skill building, and financial benefits. SHG members deposit a monthly installment, determined by the group, developing over time a group savings fund. Typically meeting once a month, members can take a loan from the group, based on group consensus, for any purpose. In addition to the activities outlined above, SHGs are provided trainings on topics ranging from group management and leadership to vocational skills. The purpose of SHGs is to create collections of women that work together to access and pursue greater opportunities which enable them to change their own circumstances.
Animal husbandry camps
improve livestock health through animal vaccinations against common infections, training in best practices, and provide opportunities for increased income generation.
To rewrite her destiny, a woman needs skills and training to advance herself. Through WomenServe initiatives, women are able to increase their skills, income and change their lives for good.