The Women’s Empowerment Program began in 2002 and serves 32 women each year in Samhai, Laxmanpatti, in the Bhadohi district of Uttar Pradesh. The program teaches women between the ages of 16 and 55 years old. The students include women who are single, married and widowed, and from both high and low castes.
Women are taught basic literacy and math skills as well as vocational skills such as sewing, embroidery, carpet-weaving and tufting. Classrooms are equipped with blackboards, chalk and textbooks, as well as vocational training materials such as sewing machines, embroidery thread and cloth, looms and carpet tufting guns.
In addition to these skills, women also learn about safe contraception, birth control practices, health and hygiene.