Our Women’s Sangas, each guided by a Village Officer are the fundamental units and facilitators of the several women’s welfare programmes we run. As a first step towards establishing a distinct identity for rural women, SEDS designed and distributed over 40,000 identity cards to women in rural households. These ID cards predate the national Unique Identity card and helped establish credentials for women entrepreneurs seeking bank loans or micro-finance funding to start small businesses.
The sanghas act as support groups for women in need of shelter from domestic abuse or economic exploitation. They function as disseminators of information on female and infant health and actively champion government health initiatives such as polio vaccination drives.
In addition, the SEDS vocational training centers conducts training in stitching and assists with small loans so that women can buy sewing machines to set up their own tailoring shops.
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