• Unnati

    Unnati

    Women Literacy Program

    • 220+ JJ

      Clusters
      covered
    • 350 Women

      Literacy
      Centres
    • >21,000

      Beneficiaries
      in FY 18

    For as long as Laxmi can remember, she has always been dependent on her husband for her personal and household decisions. Lacking a formal education due to early marriage, it wasn’t until she got introduced to Women Literacy Centre (WLC) that she found her independence. She can now read, write, travel on her own, make her own signatures instead of a thumbprint, operate her bank account and can even help her children in their studies.

    Many women like Laxmi are attaining functional literacy through this initiative. Words, numerical and sentence formation are taught using a unique speech-based software. In addition, this program also empowers these women financially as many choose to become instructors after completing the course.

    ABHA, the change agents

    • 220+

      clusters
      covered
    • 841

      ABHA
    • >>2 Lakh

      families
      impacted

    The ABHA program came into existence as an extension of our Women Literacy Program (WLC). Many beneficiaries of our WLC program go on to become our brand ambassadors/change agents from the community. The change agents conduct door-to-door campaigns raising awareness in the communities about our CSR activities, like vocational training, free health services through mobile dispensaries, drug deaddiction camps, scholarship program, etc serving as the first consumer contact points for queries regarding our programs. With an average earning of Rs. 10,000 per month, they are on the path to financial independence, setting an example for other women to follow their footsteps.

    Entrepreneurship Development Program

    • 292

      SHGs
    • 1510

      women
      trained till
      date
    • Rs. 1 crore

      economic
      value
      added

    Battling to supplement her husband’s meagre income, Sunita started doing menial jobs, travelling long distances. Wanting to work from home and start a small business of her own, she enrolled herself for a stitching course under the Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP). Within a few short years, having required the skills and industrial knowledge, she now runs her own Self Help Group (SHG) with 10 women working under her supervision. Today, she earns nearly Rs.20,000 per month.

    Women like Sunita are definitely Make(in)g India proud! Under this program, they are provided training in various skill sets such as bangle making, chocolate making, soft toy making, jute work, handicrafts etc. enabling them to generate income for themselves and their families. These products sell like hotcakes in the local wholesale markets.

    Vocational Training (VT) Program

    • 19 VT

      Centres
    • 7015

      Beneficiaries
      in FY 18
    • >20 crore

      annual
      income
      generated

    For a long time, Brijesh suffered from anxiety and mild depression owing to his unemployment. He was introduced to the computer training course at a Vocational Training (VT) Centre located near his residence by an ABHA, one of our change agents. His performance and dedication during the training not only helped him become self-confident but also earned him a job at the same VT centre. Now, earning more than 1.25 lakhs annually, he trains more than 200 students a year, ensuring their placements.

    Brijesh is one of the many success stories of our VT centre beneficiaries. Many others have received opportunities to work with Cafe Coffee Day, Shopper’s Stop, Tata Westside, Tata Consultancy Services, District Courts etc. Located in proximity to the communities, these VT centres run various skill generation programs like electrician’s skill set, stitching, tailoring, beautician practices, personality development mobile repairing, office assistant and retail chain assistant.

    SANKALP: Tutorial classes for supporting education

    • Beneficiaries
      at

      16 VT

      Centres
    • 6912

      Beneficiaries
      till date
    • 1928

      beneficiaries
      in FY 18

    Due to lack of proper guidance at home, children often cause to lose their focus and concentration in studies, dimming the prospects of their bright future.

    In order to contain the dropout rate in schools and provide holistic development, tutorial classes were started for children belonging to poor economic background. These classes are conducted to provide free supplementary education to children studying in standard I-X. Not only do the children receive guidance for their studies but they are also encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities such as painting, skits, singing and dancing. Classes are provided at our Vocational Training Centres which are located inside the JJ clusters for the convenience of the beneficiaries. The benefit of the program is that there is zero dropout rate amongst the students covered.

    SAKSHAM: (Counselling for adolescent girls)

    • 14

      schools
    • 4480

      girls
      counselled
      in FY 18
    • More than
      11,500

      girls counselled
      till date

    Often girls from underserved communities, lack the opportunity and guidance required during their formative years, due to various cultural and social barriers. In order to bridge this gap, a soft skills training program was specifically designed for adolescent girls. The training program includes sessions on soft skills like personality development, English speaking, self-defense and hygiene through monthly sessions by professional counselors. Career Counseling and one-to-one sessions are also provided to class X-XII girls to help decide upon appropriate career options for themselves. Based on the self-evaluation, more than 70% have reported higher confidence level, 75% reported making an effort to converse in English, more than 58% students were aware of themselves and 40% made an effort to communicate.