Sambhali Trust runs 7 empowerment centres with about 30 disadvantaged women and teenage girls in each centre. Within the centre they learn to sew garments and practise embroidery as part of the vocational training that Sambhali Trust offers each participant for 12 months. This enables them to have a good all-round education and to be able to earn an income once they have completed their course. We aim to provide all these women and girls their very own sewing machine on graduation day which takes place in February each year.
This enables all these women the opportunity to earn a living from home, thereby giving themselves some financial independence and to be able to help support their family. For the teenage girls, it offers them another skill to produce their own clothes and go further and make a business if they are not returning to full-time education.
All these sewing machines are the result of your's and others’ generosity, without which we could not provide these machines. These sewing machines provide the start to hope and prosperity for these women, who would not be able to afford to buy these sewing machines alone.
One of the teenage girls in our Jodhpur Empowerment Centre, Aarti, was speaking to one of our tutors and how a sewing machine will help her in the future.
Aarti has been connected with Sambhali Trust for last one year. Here she learns stitching along with studies in Hindi, English, Maths and general knowledge workshops in one of Sambhali’s empowerment centers for disadvantaged women and girls. Before coming to center she didn’t know how to sew but since coming to the centre over the last few months, she has learnt how to measure, draft, make patterns and sew a variety of Rajasthani garments. She now she sews clothes for herself and her family. Her family supports her to come to center and they are very happy too.
Aarti’s mother died in her childhood, therefore, after growing up she manages the entire housework of the house and after that comes to the center too. She had studied previously at school until 8th class (secondary school goes onto 12th Class). With the support of the center she has filled in the form to take the 10th class exams and so that she can further pursue her studies. She is also earning money by sewing clothes for other people in her community. There are various activities organised in the center like taking particpants to movies and short trips for recreation of the Sambhali students. Aarti had never gone for a movie before, therefore for her it was a great experience. For all these things Aarti and all the ladies want to thank Sambhali family.
Aarti will be one of the young women who will receive one of the donated sewing machines in February. We thank you all for your support and we hope to try and raise as much as possible to enable all our graduating students to receive a sewing machine, which will improve their lives.