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