Alternative Livelihood for Women Mine Workers

by Gramin Vikas Vigyan Samiti (Gravis)

Summary

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.
$13,000
total goal
$12,501
remaining
6
donors
0
monthly donors
10
years active

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.

Solution

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.

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.

Additional Documentation

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

Resources

http:/​/​www.idex.org
Gravis

Organization Information

Gramin Vikas Vigyan Samiti (Gravis)

Location: Jodhpur, Rajasthan - India
Website: http:/​/​www.gravis.org.in/​
Project Leader:
Balu Iyer
IDEX Asia Program Director
San Francisco, California United States

Funded Project!

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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