Mahila Swarojgar Samiti

Project Brief:
Project Type: Vocational Training (description)
Primary Focus: vocational training (description)

Secondary Focus: girls

Area: Urban
Supporting Chapter Contact: London
Status: Support ended.
Project Steward: Chalam Plachikkat
Project Partner(s): Rekha Chauhan
Other Contacts:
Project Address: , Aswari,Raja Talab,,
Stewarding Chapter: London
Mar 2011LondonINR 371350
Mar 2011LondonGBP 5315
Jul 2009LondonGBP 4000
Jan 2008LondonGBP 2500
Sep 2007Silicon ValleyUSD 2250
Jan 2007Work an HourUSD 9048
Dec 2006LondonGBP 2500
Dec 2006ZurichINR 52000
Oct 2005LondonINR 116295
Dec 2005LondonGBP 1190
Dec 2004LondonINR 94600
Dec 2003LondonINR 94600

Total = $51748.9117

There are three main strands to the MSS project.

Child Centre education classes: These are bridge schools run by the Samiti in three villages that prepare students of Class 1 for the transition to Class 2 (and beyond) in a local government school. The role of MSS is to ensure that the children get enrolled into government schools, get their mid-day meal at the centre and do not drop out of school.

Training Classes: These are vocational training classes for girls in the age group of 13-20 years conducted to help them acquire some simple skills that would help them with part time income generation activities and encourage them to be financially independent.

Self help groups formation /mentoring: These are groups of older women who work in the fields nearby, who are encouraged to come together and contribute a nominal sum of money periodically. This pool of money is used to fund the group's income generation activities and to extend loans to members in need. MSS facilitates the formation of these groups, organises training for the women in running these groups and also helps them get further loans from banks for expansion activities.
1. To establish a linkage between the three project elements : the school, the vocational training and the self-help group (SHG). This is with the vision that these elements can become self-sufficient (in terms of funding) and economically inter-linked. This should be facilitated by the fact that parents of most children attending the MSS school are involved in the vocational centre or SHG.

2. To encourage more donations from the local community despite the constraints owing to the prevailing poor economic conditions.

3. To ensure that children are eventually enrolled into government schools due to the limitations of delivering full-time teaching through the centres. The role of the centre is to gear up the children for the formal schooling system and get them familiarised with the concept of school. MSS also works with parents in order to make them appreciate the importance of school.

4. To close the centre once all children have been allocated to government schools, and to start new centre in another village.
Mahila Swarojgar Samiti works with women's groups in villages in order to set up self-help groups and income augmentation programmes. The aim of the project is to empower women to take control of their lives. MSS also run education centres for pre-school children in the villages of Todapur, Chakrapanpur, and Harfos in rural Uttar Pradesh.