Homeland Development Initiative Foundation ("HDIF") aims to initiate, facilitate, and nurture sustainable development initiatives in Armenian communities. One of its main projects is a grass root, non-profit organization dedicated to the creation of jobs for women in the regions of Armenia, using traditional techniques and materials.
Gender structure of the unemployed demonstrates a disproportionate distribution of unemployment among women and men. The decline of women economic activism continues. Women constitute 70% of the officially registered unemployed. Economic dominance between women and men is not distributed evenly. Women are represented only in the lower grades of the economic grading system and are practically deprived of participation in the decision making process concerning major economic issues.
The unequal position of women and men in the economic sphere increases the risk of discrimination with regard to the enjoyment of rights and opportunities, and the traditional division of gender roles becomes a strong factor for gender inequality. The Project will help women to make their business more sustainable and profitable. The economic empowerment of the women will directly impact on women economic independence, and will make them more active society members.
Income-generating activities are seen as "entry points for channels of communication and vehicles by which women can meet their needs". They provide effective ways to address inequalities in the areas of health, education and poverty alleviation. Many researchers have recognized that improvements in health care, nutrition and education can only be sustained with an increase in household income and greater control by women over financial resources.