Change begins with self — ability to develop one’s mind, body and spirit. Kaarvan oﬀers opportunities to develop life skills that range from technical skills, learning how to read, write to understand basic ﬁnancial transactions. The education process becomes the ﬁrst step towards empowering these women as it prepares them with a wide skill set that can be employed for economic gains.
And while training in, and learning of, these new skills is important; it is not enough. These women come from a reality that has not enabled them to learn how to capitalize on their skills and talent. Developing that talent is essential in making them productive. Enabling these women to actually step out and use their skills to create economic opportunities is the key to our Theory of Change. This process of enabling involves allowing these women to understand the market and carve out niches within the market through the help of local sales agents. Through various market linkages and training activities, these women are able to create market quality products and generate their income.
The ultimate empowerment of these women is to step up and take charge of their own futures. With the training that they employ to earn for themselves and their families, these women are able to become decision makers. The importance of being able to project their demands, get their say and decide, not just for themselves, but for their families, is key in making these women an equal and productive member of their communities and society at large. Once they can stand up for what they believe in, only then can women become truly empowered.