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Economic Empowerment through Skill Building & Employment


Organization : Pardada Pardadi Educational Society


Location : Uttar Pradesh


Project Description

The economic development wing of Pardada Pardadi works with a vision to provide gainful livelihood opportunities to women and girls from some of the most remote rural villages in Anupshahr. Women and girls from these villages have great potential and are determined to sustain themselves and their families with dignity. The division thus aims at creating the opportunities for these women to engage in production at their native places without having to relocate or get displaced. We aim at developing these unskilled or semi-skilled, but determined women into skilled workers who create quality products, engage in providing quality services and compete with the skilled and experts of the sector. As a fair trade entity, our approach is to bring the work to their doorstep and empower them as one of the key players of the industry. This aims at improving their economic and social status through employment generation which taps on to their existing skills and further polishes them into one of the finest service providers who are able to further train and empower others in their community.

Textile Unit (Hand & machine embroidery and stitching) since 2000

The unit provides employment to women and girls from the villages in the work of producing a variety of home furnishing items like pillow covers, curtains, bed sheets, lamp shades, table cloth sets, purses, bags etc. with beautiful embroidery. In these two years, the unit provided employment to over 20 women and girls from different villages. PPES students also, who wish to join the unit, are taken in after the completion of class X and the age of 18 years.

A new unit for hand embroidery was set up with support from Global Mode and Accessories Pvt. Ltd. in this period for H & M and our women met all the quality criteria laid down by H & M. This partnership is likely to develop further in the coming times. Also, we successfully completed the order for room linen from Hotel Ashoka for the second time and for shoe covers from J.P. hospital.

‘Rags to Pads’ unit producing low-cost, quality sanitary napkins since 2009

The unit aims at producing quality sanitary napkins which are affordable and accessible for the women and girls in the villages. These have helped them live a healthy and hygienic period. The unit employs 4 women at present. We plan to expand the unit in future with upgraded machines and employment for more women. Two management students from S. P. Jain Institute of Management and Research, Ms. Vaani and Mr. Rahul conducted market research for expanding and improving the Rags to Pads unit and the textile unit respectively and made some key recommendations, beneficial in the long-run. PPES appreciates their efforts.

BlackBerry suit cover making Unit since 2010

The unit is, by far, the most successful unit as a part of our economic empowerment initiatives, employing the maximum number. More than 50 women and girls have been working in the unit and produce men’s suit covers for BlackBerry Company. The unit has 50 machines with a capacity of 20,000 suit covers every month, whereas the women roll out 16,000 suit covers every month at present. Their productivity is increasing with time and the quality of their work remains to be their key strength.

Rural Call Centre since 2012

This ambitious project was set up in December 2012 and after a year-long training of 10 girls, the operations were started in November 2013. Kingdom of Dreams (KoD), the famous live entertainment, theatre and leisure destination in Gurgaon, partnered with PPES and these girls started working for KoD, doing bookings of their tickets through PPES’s call centre. By March 2015, this initiative had trained over 30 girls in communication and personality development. 20 of them continued their work and training in the centre whereas the others have taken up jobs in different projects of PPES like the school, community development division and Delhi office. Efforts are being made to expand the capacity of the centre t engage more girls and to get gainful partnerships with companies like KoD.

Incense stick making unit since 2014

This unit was initiated with a view to provide employment opportunities to the unskilled women and girls. Today it employs nearly 30 women from some of the poorest villages of Anupshahr. The women are trained to work on the machine producing agarbattis (incense sticks) and they are paid wages based on the production. They have been able to earn up to Rs. 3,000 per month.


Project Type : Donor funded


Project Donors and Partners

H & M, BlackBerry, Kingdom of Dreams (KoD), J.P. hospital, Hotel Ashoka

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