Project Shakti is inspiring and uplifting an ever-growing number of underprivileged women in the holy city of Varanasi, India. Running in the Bal Ashram compound, Project Shakti teaches vocational skills to women in need and offers vocational training micro loans to young women whose families cannot afford further education.
Vocational training classes
Since Project Shakti’s inception in 2009, the vocational training program has already surpassed our expectations. Currently 60 women of all ages are enrolled in a variety of classes:
• Stitching and tailoring
• Small food item preparation (e.g. marketable pickles and dry breads)
• The art of home decoration
The classes are equipping women with the necessary skills to find suitable jobs and earn livelihoods. Some women have already begun to augment their family income through their services and by selling their commodities in the local community.
Help in setting up of own venture
Project Shakti gives equipment like sewing machine etc. to young women who, after completing vocational training at Project Shakti want to start their own venture. This has been possible by an active support from the well wishers of Aghor Foundation who donate these equipment to the foundation for giving them to the needy women. The Rotary Varanasi has supported us immensely in this cause. We also provide financial help to women to further their education.