- Bridging the chasm of India’s wide gender gap is gaining increasing importance in the country’s developmental strategies, with a greater number of NGOs and government organizations putting women at the centre of their projects. A key component of many of these strategies is building the capacity of women in financial self-management, which will enable the creation of an environment where women can make independent decisions on their personal development, as well as shine as equals in society.
- In recent years, the government has extensively promoted the formation of Self Help Groups, or SHGs as platforms to enable micro-credit options for the economically disadvantaged. Comprised primarily of women, a SHG is, in essence, a credit and savings group, where each member regularly contributes a fixed, small amount of money until enough capital is built within the SHG, to begin lending. The group then collectively decides which members should be lent money, based on the needs of each member. Repayment, at a predetermined interest rate, is ensured through peer pressure. Through the years, SHGs have evolved into more than just community-driven institutions of micro-credit; they have also been crucial to mobilizing women’s empowerment activities at the grassroots level.
Program Highlights : You will work extensively with SHGs and other women’s groups to implement capacity building initiatives in their communities. Some of the activities you will be involved in include:
- Teaching English
- Building capacity in computer literacy
- Raising awareness on health and hygiene
- Promoting entrepreneurial initiatives and income generation activities that increase family income
- Building the financial capacity of SHGs to actively manage their group, increase capital and
- Fund entrepreneurial projects of their women members
Mysore : Mysore city is located at the base of the Chamundi Hills and offers visitors a wealth of natural beauty that is matched only by its stunning architecture. With its namesake World Heritage-listed palace, peaceful yoga practices and intriguing heritage, it is no wonder that Mysore is South India’s most popular tourist destination. Earlier known as the capital of the state of Karnataka (now Bangalore), this city rings out the histories of our ancestors, of nothing less than Royal Gold and the rich culture and heritage pre-colonization .The palace dates back to the 14th century, when it was originally built by the Wodeyar kings. Its unique Indo-Saracenic style is felt across the three storey building and takes inspiration from Hindu, Muslim and Gothic designs. The palace boasts features such as pristine marble domes, a distinctive 5 storey tower and 12 different Hindu temples within its walls.
Our Support System
- Orientation: The program will commence with a week-long orientation, on the 1stMonday of each month, which will prepare you for the rest of your stay in India. Depending on your project location, the orientation will be held either at Bangalore, or at Kundapur.
- The program schedule will be sent to you at least a month in advance.
- Cultural Event: Once a month, we will organizes a cultural meet for all volunteers to discuss your progress, share your experiences and challenges encountered. It is a great opportunity to reconnect and use each other as a resource network to manage your projects. You will also have one-to-one on-site supervision by our coordinators, to ensure that any challenges are tracked and dealt with, at the earliest.
- Monitoring: You will be allocated a coordinator from FSL-India on your arrival in India. The coordinator will support you in your project and monitor the progress during the voluntary service. Monthly project visits are also made by the our coordinators during the placement, whenever possible.
- Reporting system and documentation: You would need to call the coordinator on arrival at accommodation, to be followed by a 2nd week progress call and a 3rd week monitoring visit by the coordinator. You are expected to fill in the time sheet for adequate project activities and monthly report.
- Final evaluation: You are expected to complete and submit a Final Feedback report and Final Evaluation report at the end of your volunteering program. These reports should detail your work, progress, problems, solutions and suggestions. They will serve as valuable reference documents for new volunteers, and also enable us to develop and improve the project.