This project will directly benefit 50 Muslim women in Lucknow, India by teaching them basic tailoring and embroidery skills. Women will also learn design skills, and how to promote and market their manufactured garments. These new professional skills will enhance their employability and capacity to earn more income. Bottom line: the success of the women results in their daughters being educated and wives being respected by their in-laws.
Lack of respect within the family, low self-esteem and mistreatment by in-laws are the key issues facing marginalized Muslim women and specifically daughters-in-law in their homes. The training is aimed at disenfranchised women 18-35 years old, who are excluded from the labor market due to the lack of appropriate skill sets. The good news is that women who earn an income will get respect in the family.
This hands-on training which the women receive is first rate. It provides a gateway to the job market for women at poverty level. The training center will provide highly marketable skills in embroidery and tailoring. These skills are in demand and result in employment and income for the woman who gets trained. The women who are trained can increase their income significantly from $ 12/month to $ 60/month which is a highly desirable wage in low income families.
The training program that IMW supports on the ground in Lucknow, India aims to empower Muslim women and their families through imparting new skills and access to the job market. The project has direct financial impact for 50 women, but in reality it will impact almost 350 family members who are helped by the additional income earned by the wife/mother in the family.