Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Economic empowerment - first steps

Photo courtesy of Three Hands

One of the things we have been focused on for GOAL this year is adding an economic empowerment component to the programme. After the first year, many girls came out saying "great, I now think I can achieve anything, so I want to be a [nurse/beautician/start my own business]." We've been trying to figure out how best to enable different economic pathways for these young girls, as well as boost our relationship with our local partners, and now we're on the path to get started!

We are about to launch a revolving loan fund as a pilot in Delhi, held by our local partners there Prerana and Deepalaya that our GOAL graduates will be able to access. They can borrow money to achieve personal or group objectives which they'll then pay back.

Excitingly, we already have a few applicants:
- Ambika will learn English so she can train to be an air hostess.
- Neetu will take a course in hotel management
- Shayama will study nursing
- Neelofur will aim for a bachelor in physical education

We'll keep you posted on their progress as we move along!

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