Saheli’s Economic Empowerment Program gives clients tools and resources to live a safe, self-sustaining and empowered life. EEP provides support in four areas:
Through this program, Saheli provides the following three categories of services and resources to South Asian women:
- Funding: Saheli will provide financial assistance to survivors of Domestic Violence and women from low income families to help them to pursue a certificate or program which can help them gain new skills or polish an existing one, which can help increase their chances of being more employable.
- Career Support and Workshops: Saheli will be providing a variety of services to enhance job skills and enable women to achieve economic self-sufficiency. This program will cover skills training and workshops including career advice and planning, computer basics, resume writing, conducting job searches, filling out job applications, making LinkedIn profiles, networking, etc. Click here to read more about Saheli’s free Computer Literacy Classes
- Mentoring Program (Meri Saheli): Saheli will also provide a mentoring program called “Meri Saheli”. Through this program, we will match our clients with a mentor/Saheli, a successful, educated man/woman in the community who is enthusiastic about supporting a woman by guiding her through career decisions and sharing knowledge about resources available to achieve self-sufficiency and feel more empowered. These mentors will work one to one with their Saheli.
Since January 2014, many women have received funds from Saheli’s Economic Empowerment Program. Most recently, the Economic Empowerment team approved a scholarship to an adult student at Bunkerhill Community College. Saheli provides limited funds for South Asian women seeking certifications and training to advance their careers. One of the recipients, used the grant to open a consignment store another bought a computer to practice conversational English. The program was featured in India New England News.
One recipient used the funds for classroom training in JAVA
- Two women purchased computers to further their job search and English language training
- One used the funds to apply for a visa under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA),
- One set up a consignment store on the South Shore to recycle gently worn clothing and accessories, and to use the store space for outreach events to South Asian women.
Candidates will be required to file an application for the EEP program and attend a personal interview with Saheli Board Members.
The Saheli Board will select appropriate South Asian candidates from the applicant pool based on need and a personal interview.
Saheli will provide funding to the learning institutions directly, in grants up to $2000, per applicant. Candidates will be notified of the results within two weeks.
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