Give a sewing machine to a mom in India

by India Partners Vetted since 2012 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit


This project will train 140 poor women in India and teach them valuable sewing skills. It will also provide each woman with her own treadle sewing machine, allowing her to earn a living from home to support her family.

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In India, more than 50 percent of women are illiterate. Living in poverty with a limited education greatly hinders these women from finding quality jobs to support their families. They are often at risk of being trapped in dehumanizing professions (like the sex trade) in order to feed their children. This project will empower poor women in rural villages with valuable sewing skills and a sewing machine so they can earn a respectable living and help their families.


The women will attend a tailoring school and receive six months of training, where they will develop their sewing skills and learn about basic business practices. Once a woman graduates from the tailoring program, she will receive her own treadle (foot powered) sewing machine. She will be able to start her own tailoring business from home and earn a daily income that can provide food and basic necessities for the whole family.

Long-Term Impact

The project will empower 140 women each year with sewing skills and provide them with a sewing machine to start their own self-sustaining tailoring business. These women, who are often poor mothers and widows, will have an opportunity to use their skills to rise out of poverty and work toward a promising future for themselves and their families.



Organization Information

India Partners

Location: Eugene, OR - USA
Website: http:/​/​​
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @IndiaPartners
Project Leader:
John Sparks
Eugene, OR India

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