Skilled Women Empowerment & Entrepreneurship Program
What is it? Skilled Women Empowerment & Entrepreneurship Program (SWEEP) is an effort to empower skilled women of Pakistan. It’s a network of curious and committed souls, co-creating a team marked by a sense of belonging, stewardship and willingness to act for the common good and believing that the strength of a family, a house hold, a nation, is in the strength of women! For the less privileged women of Pakistan, the effort will bridge the gap for these women between opportunities to learn, specialize and make a living out of what they are best at while polishing their abilities and providing grounds for improvement not just in terms of money but also life itself. At the core of this effort, is a determination to discover new ways of bringing community members together to solve vexing issues. Issues that one time charity or once in a while helping cannot address alone. Issues that engulf the lives of these women. While some prioritize increasing physical fitness, healthy eating, more reading etc. etc. as their ‘next milestone’, the SWEEP team will invest their time, strengths and dedication to contribute in creating the much needed balance in the economy, the environment and social equity (and of course in healthy eating too! ;))
This will be our way of giving some of it ‘back’ to the society we live in. How does the Program work? SWEEP has a team whose responsibility is to look for women who can make hand work and want to work from home. The team meets with these women at a location of their preference. It could be their house, SWEEP’s office or any other location these women are comfortable with. They have a discussion with these women to see what kind of work they can do. Once ascertained they are willing to work, the SWEEP team gives them a sample to create, if they are able to do it, they are registered to SWEEP! It’s that simple. SWEEP then sends them work in exchange for money. If their work is not upto the mark, SWEEP organizes training sessions where they can learn and do a better job. They are trained till they are ready to take on work. Once they are, SWEEP provides them with all the material and a sample to copy. Once work is completed it is picked up by SWEEP and sold to kuli jumé for further finishing and selling on the market. In what ways is the program sustainable?
1. Economic Empowerment
3. Cultural Indoctrination
This will be achieved through the platform of kuli jumé where they create hand made embroideries and accessories and kuli jumé then finishes the product by experts. As soon as the SWEEP team collects the work, they pay these women on the spot! The team has a reward and penalty system so as to train them on time management and professionalism.
As part of the program, these women are trained on different things that benefit them in this field and improve their entrepreneurship skills. Following are some of the examples: | Skill development | Portfolio building & mentorship | Opportunities to sell While the SWEEP team gets them work from kuli jumé, they also train them to be better entrepreneurs and explore other opportunities to sell as well. Train them on acquiring better and newer skills, teach them better time management skills, help them create portfolios of the gorgeous work they are doing etc. etc.
This is where we help these women understand little things that make them better human beings. Starting from hygiene, to mannerism, to how they should carry themselves. A curriculum has been designed for these women where the team takes several routes to indoctrinate the values of life and the best way of living. They are required to complete several levels of the course and eventually become trainers themselves.