Saheli’s Economic Empowerment Program gives clients tools and resources to live a safe, self-sustaining, and empowered life.

Through this program, Saheli provides the following three categories of services and resources to South Asian women:

    1. 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.
    1. 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, held at the Waltham Public Library.
    1. 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, sixteen 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 low-income women seeking certifications and trainings 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 recently featured in India New England News.

 Saheli sponsored sixteen candidates in 2014:

  • 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.

EEP provides support in the following four areas:


Application Process:

Candidates will be required to file an application for the EEP program and attend a personal interview with Saheli Board Members.


Selection criteria:

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 pay for courses. Saheli will pay the learning institutions directly, in grants up to $2000, per applicant. Candidates will be notified of the results within two weeks.


Job Search Resources

Massachusetts Employment, Unemployment, and Job Training Programs

Mass Government Career Centers

Job Net Career Center

University of Massachusetts Career Services

Boston Medical Center

Computer Literacy Classes

Saheli volunteers run two 12-week sessions of computer literacy classes each year. The current session ends in mid-December 2014- stay tuned for spring session information!

Classes are held every Wednesday from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the Trustees Room on the 2nd floor of the Waltham Public Library.

Computer Classes for Beginners Syllabus

  • Basic Computer Usage
  • Internet Basics
  • Email Basics
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel

To inquire about the spring session or to volunteer to assist with classes, please write to

Testimonial from Kate Tranquada, Library Director

“It is impossible to convey to you how valuable weekly computer instruction is to students in Waltham. Enclosed is a very modest check, an expression of thanks for the precious gift of time, talent and patience your volunteers bring to this project. Lead teacher Deepika Madan deserves the highest praise for graciously handling difficulties that came along, and for her unshakeable commitment. In addition to her knowledge of computers, she has the impressive ability to organize such a diverse group of students and help them all advance. Waltham is fortunate to benefit from such professional volunteer teachers….”

English Language Classes, Some are Free

Please check the list of  English_Language_Classes in Boston and English Language Classes in Massachusetts.

If you need financial assistance to attend a class near your home and you meet Saheli’s eligibility

criteria, apply for financial assistance using the application form above.