Under the title of “Upaarjan”, Vatsalya implements several training programs aiming at skill building of slum youth, rural poor and marginalised women. To meet market needs as well as potentials of prospective trainee candidates, Vatsalya has a fully-operational bakery, four well-equipped tailoring units with handicraft sections specialising in Katha work, a jewellery unit specialising in Patwa jewellery, five computer training centres, a carpentry unit, a dairy-farming unit and an a hand block printing unit. Our agriculture wing is being strengthened gradually and is equipped with modern and traditional farming equipment.
Upaarjan has also especially reached out to the women in rural areas and women of the Muslim community who for cultural reasons cannot take employment outside or far from their homes. Under the Upaarjan interventions, Vatsalya has not only placed a large number of trained young people, including boys and girls in various full time jobs with industry, but has also found home-based employment for women by establishing a production house of its own. Over 250 women are working from home as part of the program and earning anything between Rs. 2500/- to Rs. 12000/- per month. The unique feature of our livelihood program for women is that they work from home. This makes it highly sustainable as they can not stay away from home given the circumstances an traditional values women are expected to follow in rural settings.
Our Major Partners in Livelihood:
Larsen & Toubro, India, EXIM Bank, India, Australian High Commission, Australia, I-Partner U.K., Ripples of Hope, U.S.A., Artisan of Fashion, Australia, Anchal, U.S.A, Didi Foundation, Netherlands, Give India, Open Eyes Project, Spain, Anoothi, U.S.A., Anoothi, India.
Vatsalya has trained a total number of 4026 young adults from October 2009 to November 2015 and out of them, 3512 have been placed in full time jobs. In the current year, the female participants exceed the male trainees-402 females/200 males. This is a very significant sign of development both in social and economic context – a large percentage of these women belong to the Muslim community and come from rural areas. Traditionally, these women have remained indoors and have not been allowed or encouraged to explore their potentials outside of the four walls of their homes. They have not only chosen to do so now but are also determined to make a difference in larger economic scenario by starting a production house of their own. 67 women are already working as a regular workforce of this production house and the number is going to increase THREE times in 2013!.