Last Updated:  09/03/2021

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Project Pitch By: Katha


Proposed Project Title

Katha Slum Resurgence Initiative: Enhancing Education, Skills, WASH, Entitlements-accessibility and Economic-Empowerment of marginalized women.


Thematic Area

Gender equality, women empowerment , senior citizens and economically backward groups

Sub Thematic Area

Women Empowerment

Project Synopsis

In response to global as well as nation-wide condition of women and their lack of participation in social, economic and political decision making , Katha is implementing a women-centric program named as Katha slum Resurgence Initiative (Katha-SRI) in the slums of Delhi. The goal of the project is to enhance the well-being of marginalized households and empowering the women in these underserved communities. The project aims at overall improvement in the lives of women in the areas of Health-Hygiene, Education, skilling, leadership, convergence through schemes and entitlements as well as general community engagement. There are five major components in the proposal for the empowerment of women. 1. Social Security Schemes and Entitlements for the most marginalized women 2. Enhancing personal health and hygiene 3. Functional, digital and financial literacy 4. Women’s Economic Empowerment through vocational skills 5. Advocacy and leadership

Overview of the Proposed Project

Estimated Budget
INR 0.6 Cr - INR 1.0 Cr
Proposed Location
Delhi, Delhi/NCR, Delhi/NCR

Key Project Partners
Government,Companies,Municipal Corporation

Project Status


Beneficiary Type (Primary): Women
Beneficiary Type (Secondary): Children
Estimated No. of Beneficiaries: above 10000 Individuals
Status of Baseline Survey: Already Done

Proposed Project Description

The proposed project Katha SRI (Slum Resurgence Initiative) intervention has been designed and experimented with the objective of providing comprehensive and holistic skill based training to women on aspects such as functional literacy and numeracy, WASH, leadership and digital literacy on access, use and experiences of various ICTs (including multifaceted use of mobile and its applications) along with helping them with social security schemes and government entitlements. This is a comprehensive project that will allow 10,000 women of different age groups to find strength and eventually uplift each other.


Need of the project

The project will take place in the slums of Delhi. There are more than 2,000 slum hamlets in Delhi and about 25% of the Delhi’s population lives in slums and slum-like conditions. A recent study done by Delhi University (2019) shows that more women (36%) are illiterate as compared to men (23%). Only 69 percent women were housewives while the others were either self-employed or worked as domestic helpers. Delhi’s slums and women living in these are in dire need of such project intervention. The participants of their interventions espouse the benefits of education, literacy, gender empowerment, sanitation, health and digital literacy in engaging and enjoyable ways.


They five key areas where women will be benefitted through the project are:

1. Social Security Schemes and Entitlements for the most marginalized women:

One major component in the project is to focus on ensuring that marginalized individuals and households in the slum community are linked to existing social security schemes. As the context analysis of the slum communities (as they are mostly migrant) indicated that the many households lacked access to basic social security schemes and entitlements that would provide them with basic economic sustenance.


2. Enhancing personal health and hygiene:

Katha will hold regular workshops and training sessions on WaSH (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene) matters using Katha’s SHE2 modules [acronym for Safe Water and Sanitation; Health and Hygiene; Education and Empowerment] – which will provide women intensive training along the subject matters of safe water, sanitation, health, hygiene, education and empowerment for all. Re-enforcement of menstrual hygiene through awareness programs will be given to the women through workshops and sessions. Pregnant and Lactating women will be linked to the nearby Aaganwadi Center, to help them get health, nutrition, immunization support for a healthy mother and child.


3. Functional, digital and financial literacy:

Many women from these slums work as domestic maid or take up some secondary employment to support their families. But despite this, financial control is not with them because they are not informed and skilled in it. Providing them proper functional, financial and digital literacy will help them to manage their income and gain vital economic control and decision making. Internet usage is becoming more gender balanced. But, the consumption patterns witnessed are largely based on absorbing entertainment based content due to which women are unable to capitalise on the economic opportunities possible through digital literacy because of lack of information and awareness. Katha will leverage the digital penetration by through capacity building workshops and training sessions on digital literacy on the lines of:

  • General uses of the Mobile phone (including WhatsApp and other Social Media platforms)
  • Information searching related to diverse issues-health, education, nutrition, beauty and fashion, Government schemes and entitlements etc.
  • Household and personal management (payment of bills, filling of forms online, LPG booking, checking bank accounts, availing benefits of government schemes, etc.)
  • Optimum use of PayTM, BHIM, Himmat App, Google map, Reading-Learning App etc.


4. Women’s Economic Empowerment through vocational skills

One of the key focus areas of project has been skilling that would empower women economically. Katha will run small vocational skill courses in Cutting & Tailoring, Dress Designing, Crocheting, Bakery & Confectionary, Food Processing and other IT & Data entry operation courses.Financial literacy will be an intrinsic and a key component in vocational training of the women. It is the ‘income’ and ‘income management’ that can infuse real financial control and hence a practical power balance among families and communities. Only then, women are into decision making and society becomes equitable.


5. Advocacy and leadership

It has been found in several ethnographic studies that, entitlements and schemes gets delayed at the local governance level either due to the corruption or due to the inability of ‘to be beneficiaries’ furnish information and necessary documentation. These will be resolved with the support of the project staff. Women will be trained in advocacy and leadership so that their confidence is enhanced whereby they will be taking up their cases directly with the key officials. Women’s groups (popularly called as Maa Mandals) will be formed and mobilized to raise their own local issues document for action. This is the process that will continue to sustain the access and utilization of various entitlements as well as problems faced in their communities. Secondly, through inter-face meetings, the project has enabled individuals to talk to different officials as well as visit them in their offices.

Target beneficiaries - A sample size of 50 urban slums will be taken up benefitting about 10,000 (ten thousand) women.


Salient Features

  1. Multi-dimensional skill enhancement Katha believes that economic empowerment of women through education, skilling, and mentoring is a catalyst for positive change. Through this proposed project, we will work to not only to address the complex cultural and socio-economic factors which are barrier
  2. Focus on reducing inner inhibition and boosting confidence - Women have been suppressed for centuries and still find it extremely difficult to raise voice for their rights and entitlements and they have to depend upon males of the household. It is critical and imperative to provide life skills and
  3. Focus on applicable solution to hyperlocal problems and issues - Women and young women will be exposed to workshops which will equip them with advocacy skills, leadership skills and community-engagement skills. With increased access to information and improved awareness, women build better understa

About Katha

Founded by Smt. Geeta Dharmarajan (Padma Shri) in 1989, Katha, a non-profit organization, has been, for the last 32 years, empowering underserved and marginalized communities through Quality Education, Vocational Skilling & Entrepreneurship Training, Women Empowerment, WASH, World-Class Book Publishing and Teacher Training. Katha has several programs in place to help check various types of poverties amongst the population at the Bottom of Pyramid’ (BoP). Katha’s initiatives, across many states, have reached over 10.4 million beneficiaries (children, youth and women) from impoverished and underserved communities. Katha’s work spans the literacy to literature continuum by seamlessly connecting grassroots work in education & training and community resurgence. They have an innovative, proven education model that makes learning fun, creative experience for children, youth, women and teachers alike.


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