The project will create livelihood/Economic independence for 100 widowed or abandoned women (all religions) in the age group of 18-45, each with average of 2 children and ageing parents, with no source of income or pension. They live mostly with their parents in lower middle class areas or slums. Most fall under the consumer socio-economic status of E1 defined as unskilled workers with 5-9 years of schooling.
Mortality rates among age group 45 years and above is 86% higher than married women. There are more than 40 million WIDOWS in India and equal number of DESERTED women. Problems of alienation either due to widowhood or deserted create low confidence among women which results in economic and social problems for them and their families. Both widows and separated women have almost no place in the society. They have no power, no money, are isolated by the families and societies.
The program identifies a very specific segment which is in dire need. It counsels them to develop the confidence to be independent. It then trains the women in different VOCATIONAL skills (Computers/Home Nursing/Fashion Design/Beauty Parlour etc. per their interest and abilities, and converts them into EMPLOYABLE / ENTREPRENEUR giving access to local employment & linkage to financial capital that ultimately earn their living. All women trained by RAPID earn Rs. 4000 to Rs. 6000 per month.
Economic empowerment of disadvantaged women brings positive growth in the region/society and reduces gender inequality. Rapid work in doing so is very unique and there are very few precedence's. Through this intervention 100 women, families & their children will lead a meaningful life in years to come.