Shakti.ism - a women's empowerment initiative

by Jitna Bhagani in London, England, United Kingdom

Shakti.ism - a women's empowerment initiative
We did it
On 18th December 2019 we successfully raised £3,332 with 60 supporters in 47 days

Empower women from marginalised communities in India, particularly those at risk of being impacted by gender-based violence

by Jitna Bhagani in London, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

  • Expand the programme to other areas in India (and hopefully beyond) where there are marginalised women who could benefit
  • Partner with additional NGOs to expand the project reach and employ and benefit more women
  • Expand trainings and support services that can be offered to women
  • Purchase reusable sanitary pads which are to be sewn by the same marginalised women who will sew other products, and donate them to girls in local schools and communities where period poverty is an issue.

I am launching a social enterprise to empower women from marginalised communities in India, especially those at risk of being impacted by gender-based violence. The programme will provide an opportunity to gain employable and transferable skills, the chance to earn a fair living wage and not rely solely on the income of males in their households, will provide fair working conditions, a safe supportive space, and support to encourage entrepreneurship to break the cycle of poverty.

As a true social business, profits will be invested back into the beneficiaries to ensure good working conditions are maintained, to allow for additional training and benefits, and to allow more women to take part in the programme. I hope to include more women and expand on positive impact.

I am partnering with existing NGOs in India which work with women in marginalised communities, and to focus on marketing their existing skills, of which they have many.  The idea is to preserve their skills and traditions, sell their beautiful creations and empower them to become self-sustainable, have ownership of their earnings, and maintain their independence. I’d like to use locally sourced fabrics which would otherwise be thrown away for the products which will be created (for example, using donated traditional Indian saris to create bags and other products). 

This programme will provide these women an opportunity to gain employable and transferable skills, the chance to earn an income and achieve financial independence, fair wages, job security and employment benefits.




Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£150 or more

Women's Empowerment Superhero Reward

A beautifully sewn drawstring pouch + A beautifully sewn patchwork zip pouch + A beautifully sewn shopping/tote bag (all items above are lovingly sewn by marginalised women in India) + A handwritten thank you card with information about the community you are helping to empower *worldwide shipping included!

£15 or more

Supporter reward

A handwritten thank you card with information about the community you are helping to empower

£20 or more

Supporter reward

A handwritten thank you card with information about the community you are helping to empower

£25 or more

Upcycled sari bag supporter reward

Get a beautifully made upcycled sari shopping/tote bag lovingly made by the gypsy community in southern India. These women are earning fair wages for making these bags, so your contribution goes straight towards empowering marginalised women! Worldwide shipping included!

£50 or more

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Upcycled sari drawsting pouch supporter reward

A beautifully sewn drawstring pouch made from upcycled saris, lovingly made by a disadvantaged woman in southern India. These women are earning fair wages for making these bags, so your contribution goes straight towards empowering marginalised women! + A handwritten thank you card with information about the community you are helping to empower *worldwide shipping included!

£100 or more

Women's Empowerment Champion Reward

A beautifully sewn drawstring pouch made by a disadvantaged woman, shipped anywhere in the world + A beautifully sewn patchwork zip pouch made by a disadvantaged woman, shipped anywhere in the world + A handwritten thank you card with information about the community you are helping to empower

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