In the muslim-dominated slum of Hyderabad, young women have a difficult time generating income due to the “purdah” system which prevents them from leaving the slum. In order to become self-sufficient, these women, between 16 and 22 years of age, will receive training in sewing and embroidery, then form a cooperative to pool their resources, and market their products effectively.
$1500 will purchase 3 sewing machines and 1 computer with Internet capability for the sewing cooperative. The women will be trained to use the machines and will use the computer to market their sewing to a widespread audience.
Young women with few job opportunities have the chance to become self-sufficient by receiving sewing and embroidery training. The cooperative further ensures the success of their skills.