This project aims at promoting sustainable livelihood to 500 underprivileged slum women of Karimadom slum in Trivandrum. Training in handicraft making using natural fiber, training in cloth bag making, artificial jewelry making, stitching and embroidery and providing them with machinery to earn a living is envisaged. This project will better the living conditions of these women, help them educate their children and improve their social status
The Karimadom slum community depends on chalai market for their survival. Men in the families are mostly irresponsible and addicted to alcohol. The burden of the family is on the women in the house holds. Women have no savings as their daily wages goes for food expenses and meeting other expenses of children. Women are helpless in meeting unforeseen expenses such as for illnesses, clothes, educational expenses of children etc.
Leadership training and micro enterprises training coupled with micro credits has been proven ways of helping marginalized and underprivileged women. This project will surely increase the earnings of these poor women and help them towards sustainable growth and development. Increased earnings can help them support children with supplementary education. Better education of children will surely improve the social and economic status of these families.
The long term impact of this project is mainstreaming marginalised slum women and empowering them towards sustainable growth and development. The women will be enabled to exercise decision making power and build their confidence to start livelihood projects and participate in local development programmes. The literacy programme is aimed at raising the educational standard of the women to understand the need for their childrens' education.