As teachers on a community visit, we walked into the lanes of Mandawali, a low income urban settlement. We saw one of our students running around in a beautiful peach dress. We asked her mother where she bought it from to realize it was her own creation. As we moved from door to door, speaking to these unskilled and unemployed mothers, we realized that there lay a huge potential behind those closed doors that wanted to break free.
We connected the dots to identify the problem as the lack of participation of these women in the socio-economic decision making of the household due to lack of knowledge, skill and employment. This had negative repercussions on the child’s education, family’s welfare and community’s development.
This was not a problem limited to ‘Mandawali’, an invisible dot on the map but, widespread across a country like India. Clinton Global initiative validated our findings through a research which stated ‘ when a woman works she directs 90% of her income towards her family as compared to 35% by a man’. But sadly in a country like India, only 28% of women are employed, lowest among BRICS and 7th lowest in the world.
In 2014, we started our journey with a dream called ‘Khwaab’ to financially empower low-income community women by imparting livelihood skills and channelizing their earnings toward their child’s education, family’s welfare and community’s development.
Only 26% of women in India are a part of the workforce.
Every Indian woman will have the choice and opportunity to become financially and socially empowered.
Theory of Change
Enabling 100 women to meet family needs of education, health and financial stability through secured livelihoods
Reaping the fruits of:
Increased socio-economic participation
Increased standard of living
We plant the seeds then, and we look at them now,
The roots are always growin’
No matter if I’m there or never around.
– Nimo Patel
Livelihoods generated with average monthly income of INR 3000
Women skilled in basic and advanced tailoring
Women made financially literate through a women to women model
Women underwent knowledge sessions around education, health & finance
100% women using banks and digital tools like PayTm
Water Filters, Mobile Phones, LIC, School Fess, House Repair, Loan Repayment
Managers and Consultants
‘Now I am able to do so much. I am paying for my kids education and also looking after my personal expenses. I feel like in five years, I will be able to pay for the entire household by myself. ‘
– Usha Didi
Enter into the world of Khwaab with this mesmerizing journey of our Khwaab didis. Visualize the day to day at Khwaab and what keeps all of us going ~ togetherness, compassion and perseverance