The WIN Project is Family Development Services’ initiative aimed at empowering women from severely disadvantaged situations with the skills and confidence needed to better care for themselves and their families. Launched in early 2013, the pilot project is located in the Devara Jeevanahalli slums of Bangalore (more commonly known as D J Halli). This densely populated settlement is infamous for its open drains, contaminated water sources and high rates of water-borne diseases.
The WIN Project offers vocational training courses in sewing and tailoring for women from low socio-economic backgrounds that have little to no education or marketable skills.
During the 6 month course, 50 women will be provided with the opportunity to learn sewing and tailoring skills in order to increase their employability or begin their own micro-businesses and improve their financial situations.
The project, with its motto, “Helping WOMEN IN NEED to win in life” aims to not only impart vocational skills but also generate a sense of community, boost self-confidence, improve English language skills and offer training in crucial job and life skills.
Family Development Services hopes to be able to expand the WIN Project into other similar communities in need and address sustainable solutions to alleviating poverty. Please click here for a breakdown of program costs and to find out how you can help.