Livelihood Programs

We used to ask ourselves – why would a mother abandon or murder her own child? With the passage of time, we have come to realize that it is not that mothers who want to abandon their babies, but they often have no choice in the matter. We realized that when a woman has her own income, she has more power over herself and her family. This conclusion prompted the development of our livelihood programs.

  • Over 30,000 women trained in leadership, vocation, or employable skills

    • 20,000+ destitute women completed intensive 3-month vocational training programs

    • 5,000+ women have been given employable skills

    • 13,000+ women have completed leadership training courses

    • 11 tailors trained through programs now staff the Lalitha Cooperative

One of the largest issues for many underprivileged women living in Kadapa is a lack of financial independence. Traditionally, the men are the head of  the family as the sole financial providers while women work in the home. Women are therefore entirely dependent on their husbands- financially and otherwise. This powerlessness within the home and the lack of respect for women perpetuates abandonment and a lack of education for girl children.

To address this problem, Aarti has created a series of livelihood programs to empower women and make them financially independent. ​About 20,000 women have been trained in various forms of income-generating skills through Aarti including tailoring, fashion design, hand and machine embroidery, massage, and handicraft training such as toy making and block printing. In addition to hard skills, these programs give women a sense of purpose and self-confidence they did not previously poses.

Aarti started the Lalitha Fair Trade Cooperative, a registered charity, to provide design and marketing support to the women trained in various vocational skills.  Several designers from Hyderabad, Bangalore and Delhi have extended their support to provide this service to the cooperative.