Alternative Livelihood for Women Mine Workers

$499 $12,501
Raised Remaining


Women work long hours in mines for basic pay and face harassment. The project will train 100 women in new livelihood skills to help increase income, improve health and devote time for family.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

The sandstone and marble mines are the primary source of livelihood in Rajasthan. While the mines are a source of income, the conditions for workers is one of harsh toil, ill health and debt. The situation is more severe for women as they are subjected to physical and mental harassment, denied fair wages, accorded little privacy and overworked both in the mines and at home. This in turn adversely impacts families. The project will address the needs of women working in the mines.

How will this project solve this problem?

The project is to organize 100 women into self-help groups to provide a support group, help save money and take credit. The training will be on alternate livelihood opportunities: tailoring, handicraft & food processing along with health check-ups.

Potential Long Term Impact

The long-term impact will be in securing a safe and healthy future for women working in the mines. The self-help groups will provide a platform for women to be self-reliant and also engage in sustainable income generation activities.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $499

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $499 .  The original project funding goal was $13,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Thanks to 6 donors like you, a total of $499 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Balu Iyer

IDEX Asia Program Director
San Francisco, California United States

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