A mother of two, 25-year-old Sangita is proud to be the only other earning member in her family. “I decided to learn tailoring so I could help my husband. He works as a private chauffer and earns Rs 10,000 ($150) a month. But his income is still not enough to cover all our expenses. My children are also now old enough to start school,” she explains. Sangita’s son is two and her daughter just turned four.
After a neighbor told her, Sangita joined the three-month tailoring course at our vocational training center in Goregaon, Mumbai, in April 2015. “The course was free and not very far from my home,” she adds.
Sangita felt her self-confidence grow with the new skill she was learning: “I married when I was just 19. I’ve never worked and I did not finish school, so I never really had a sense of professional accomplishment. But this course realized new capabilities.”
Sangita loves to stitch. After completing her course, she continued with shorter sessions to learn embroidery. “I can stitch blouses, shirts, kurtas, kameezes and dresses for children. It takes me a day to stitch a blouse – with more practice, I’m sure I can accomplish more in a day,” Sangita says. Till her children start school, Sangita is happy to take small orders at home – she earns about Rs 3,000 ($45) a month. “This money is a big help in covering our daily expenses – I plan to take on more orders and increase my earning soon. My dream, like every mother, is for my children to have a better life and I want to give them that.”
HOPE foundation's vocational training program strives to open new doors of opportunities for the unemployed millions in India, one dream at a time.
Unemployed youth, students and women are trained in skills to make them employable.
These skills include computers (MS-Office, CorelDraw, PageMaker and Tally), retail, cell-phone repair, masonry, plumbing, electrical work and tailoring.
Our centers in 15 Indian cities, towns and villages train 8,500 people every year.
We aim to set up 25 more vocational training centers to train 15,000 children and youth over a three-year period.
The program reaches out to individuals through peers, siblings and community leaders. It employs the concept of mentoring, fostering a user-friendly environment, and is assisted by follow-ups and job placements.
In the next two decades, over 200 million people will be added to India's workforce, much more than any other country in the world.