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“Project Stitch”

Alternate Livelihoods for trafficking survivors in Community

Kshamata is training sex workers in the Bhiwandi area, near Mumbai, on tailoring skills, to enable them to form a group and work part time, to augment incomes. After the training, Kshamata will continue working with the women, helping them get orders and fulfil them, monitoring quality and delivery times, for at least one year more.

Working with sex workers in the community is more difficult than working with women in a shelter home. However, it is very important to target sex workers in the community to ensure that a larger number of women can think of exiting the trafficking state.

The women  in the community will work on tailoring only on a part time basis as they are not able to exit sex work immediately. On a part time basis, Kshamata will ensure earnings of at least Rs. 3,000 per month for those women who are engaged. Over the next one year, Kshamata will help the women form a Common Interest Group, and take orders independently.

The increased income will trigger of getting out in at least some of the women, and motivate them to come out of the trafficking set-up – at that time Kshamata will be available for further support.

Project Duration: 12 months
No. of women to be trained: 15
Project Cost – including equipment, tool kits for women, and training Rs. 2,31,525


Benefit to women: Expected earnings increase post training: Rs. 3,000 per month for at least 5 women Rs. 1,80,000 annual