It has been our vision right from the start to create a 'Free to Learn' sewing programme for girls and women to ensure they have skills that can carry them through life. In India, women are often left unprotected financially when disaster strikes a family, or a husband becomes disabled and especially in the worst scenario of a woman or younger lady becoming a widow. Often a widower is left with no way to create income after a husband dies. This is even a more dire situation in rural areas, as growing girls may never have had access to education. Boys generally are the favoured family members to invest financially in to upgrade skills preparing them for family life and to be the breadwinner.
Women are worst affected when it comes to unemployment and poverty. Without any income of their own, they need to depend on men for anything and everything. If the men are also unemployed, the matter gets worse. Women empowerment through self-reliance and financial independence can be achieved by providing vocational training, through which women can either start up something of their own or take- up a job.