India

The Kamalini Vocational Training Centre has a lasting impact on its students. It offers an opportunity for underprivileged women to break the cycle of extreme poverty in India. Women attending Kamalini are from low-income, underprivileged families, or migrated to New Delhi from the countryside dreaming of an escape from poverty which they didn't find.

"Today, I study, work and earn! Kamalini has given me the skill to not just work as a salesgirl but to also help in altering and stitching clothes at the boutique. Apart from my job, I also stitch clothes for my family and neighbours. Kamalini has helped me find my calling in a profession that I want to pursue in the future" - Asmabano, 19 years old, Cutting and Tailoring student (2011).

Kamalini empowers these women to change their lives and prospects through encouragement, basic education, vocational training and work placements with respectful employers. Kamalini, with two centres close to New Delhi, offers training and education in fashion design, computer operations, cooking and housekeeping, handicrafts and English, skills that they know, as a locally-rooted project, are of use to women in the local job market.

 

Kamalini has a lasting impact on its students and has trained more than 550 women since 2007.  Follow up shows that 60% percent of Kamalini graduates report a higher income following training. This isn't just because of the work skills they learn, entering the job market for the first time or getter better compensated work; it's because they know how to run their homes and manage their bills in more efficient ways. These women have more confidence and are better able to deal with the challenges that we all know that life throws up. This makes them better able to invest in their children and make the most of their skills and talents. The WONDER Foundation is helping Kamalini raise funds for their much needed work.

 

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