Udyogvardhini: providing economic mobility and daily
nutrition to at-risk women and impoverished elderly in Solapur, India.
It easy to overlook the industrial town of Solapur, India when compared to its nearby large, urban sister cities of Pune and Mumbai. This Maharashtrian city is home to just over 900,000 residents. Although Solapur has a strong industry of beedi production, the city’s once thriving textile industry has shown a slow and steady decline leaving a large number of families affected by the loss of reliable work in the textile factories. Nearly one-third of the city’s population lives in city slums on a hand to mouth
The unemployment rate amongst men in Solapur is particularly high and according to the study by S.M. Pore and S. D. Randive. They concluded that within Solapur’s slums, the rate of male unemployment and alcoholism in 2011 was over 70%. This means that many women become the only family income earners as well as often times giving their meager earnings to their husbands for the purchase of alcohol. This pattern makes it very difficult for the women to pay for day to day needs and nearly impossible for families to save money to better their housing or pay for their children’s education.
lack daily nutrition and human attention.
The grassroots, non-governmental organization, Udyogvardhini, has recognized and addressed both of these struggling populations living in Solapur’s slums. Founded in 1992, this prominent voluntary organization operates under the belief that women are vital to sustainable
economic and social growth within their own families, communities and throughout the infrastructure of Solapur City. With the organization’s founder, Chandrika Chauhan at the helm, this group of dedicated volunteers and governing board has been diligently working to get women living in the slums the support that is required to gain social and economic mobility as well as offering a nutritional program to the needy elderly
The institute is currently feeding hundreds of elderly each and day 365 days a year. The catering team is able to develop their cooking skills while providing nutrition to this struggling elderly population. The trust has trained and supported over 450 women in 2018 in their current facility.
They have many more women inquiring for help each day. These women are seeking catering and tailoring training due to the rapidly declining beedi industry. Unfortunately, the institute is at full capacity and cannot assist this group if they do not receive additional funding.
Udyogvardhini is seeking contributions of 8 lac to open another sewing training and production center to train 180 beedi workers each so that they can have proper training to work in the tailoring industry in Solapur. The detailed budget can be found below:
Udyogvardhini Solapur will be conducting a tailoring and training program for beedi worker in Vidi , Gharkul, Solapur. We are planning to train 6 batches of 30 women. Each training course will take 2 months (approximately 44 days). The women will be given 50 hours of theory training and 82 hours of practical training. After their training the women will have the opportunity to seek outside work or work directly on site to assure them steady work and a living wage.
We require the following:
20 juki machines @ 22k per machine
2 cloth cutting machines @ 7.5k per machine
Rent for training and production hall @ 20k per month *12
G. Total 8 lac & three thousand rupees
Raw material approximately 18000 (per batch) *6