The word ‘Saksham’ means ‘capable’ which is exactly what this non-profit aims to do for disadvantaged women in villages: provide them with a means to become financially independent capable of supporting their families.
In Indian villages,
Established in 2019, with the help of my mother, Saksham hosts skill development classes for the women in Tathyaganj (a village near Kanpur city). These classes teach women the art of stitching uniforms using khadi fabric. Khadi is a breathable fabric, ideal for the hot and humid temperatures in India. It is also locally produced, increasing profit margins. The women produce uniforms/ workwear which is sold to schools/collges/organisations all over the city.
To establish Saksham, I organized fundraisers to buy stitching machines, and set up a stitching shop, which operates during after-school hours at the village school. I approached numerous schools and businesses to affiliate their organisation with Saksham thereby creating a financially sustainable micro-business. In light of the Covid pandemic, we have been focused on producing masks and distributing them to those who do not have access to masks.
Since its establishment, Saksham has garnered significant press coverage and been commended by the Mayor of Kanpur city. Saksham was recently covered by the national newspaper ‘News Post.’ Here is a link to the article:
When we started Saksham, there were not even 10 women, today we have trained over 70, making them earning bread winners of their family and setting them onto a path of empowerment and financial independence.