The Livelihood Project
Socio-Economic Development and Women Empowerment
Women Empowerment is a key component of all Mumbai Smiles activities. We firmly believe that all women have the potential for growth, provided they have access to information, adequate skills and required resources. Mumbai Smiles has its vision aligned with the Millennium Development Goals and focuses on promotion of Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women. The Livelihood Project aims to empower women in the age group of 18-40 years from the marginalized section of society by imparting a set of marketable tangible skills to them through training in short term modular courses. The project has reached out to 626 underprivileged girls and women since its inception in July 2012. For the Employment based courses like Retail Sales, Advanced Computer, Front Office Receptionist and Call Centre the placement rate has been 72%. For the Self Employment based courses like Beauty Culture, Handicraft and Fast Food, the self employment rate is 40%. The project went international in April 2013 by sending a consignment of 788 roses to Spain for the occasion of St. Jordi’s Day, that will continue annually, with a new consignment for 2014 of 1,445 roses. The project has identified avenues through which work of the women will be displayed at public platforms such as stalls at offices & online shop that you can learn more about through.