VIDYA’s Motto is to Educate, Empower, and Transform the lives of children, youth and women from marginalized communities through its high quality training programs.
The skill development program for the women covers basic communicative English, basic computer skills, as well as vocational skills which included Tailoring, Embroidery, Crochet, jewellery design and other crafts like Madhubani paintings, block printing, and paper crafts. A strong sense of ethical values has been inculcated in the women during the coursework.
Every beneficiary of the skill development program becomes part of the Margam program, an entrepreneurship initiative during the last 4 months of the training course. VIDYA’s Margam initiative trains women to design, develop, produce and sell handcrafted products that can be made in their own homes for supplemental income and financial independence.
These sales are facilitated through various stalls, individual orders and online initiatives. Partnership with Habba, MISU and our participation at the Hundred Hands and the Overseas Women’s Community has been a huge encouragement to our women and given them a fresh perspective on maintaining high quality for the products.
At the end of the Margam training, the women are introduced to the concept of a Self Help Group, which is a registered entity and can be run by the women to benefit the group through their work orders.
To be able to make a permanent impact on our beneficiaries VIDYA is implementing an approach of creating Self Help Groups among our trainees. VANITHE is an urban Self Help Group that came together during a shared training course at VIDYA South Bangalore Centre.