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:

    1. Funding: Saheli will provide financial assistance to survivors of domestic violence and and women from low income families to pursue a certificate or program to gain new skills or polish an existing one, and increase their chances of being more employable.
    1. Career Support and Workshops: Saheli provides a variety of services to enhance job skills and enable women to achieve economic self-sufficiency. Help includes skills training and workshops for  career advice and planning, computer basics, resume writing, conducting job searches, filling job applications, making LinkedIn profiles, networking, etc. Click here to read more about Saheli’s free Computer Literacy Classes
    1. Mentoring Program (Meri Saheli):  Saheli will also provide a mentoring program called “Meri Saheli”. Through this program, we will match you with a mentor/Saheli, a successful, educated man/woman in the community. Your mentor is enthusiastic about supporting a woman by guiding her through career decisions and sharing knowledge about resources available to achieve self-sufficiency and feeling more empowered. Mentors will work one to one with their Saheli.

Since January 2014, many women have received funds from Saheli’s Economic Empowerment Program. Saheli provides limited funds to South Asian  women seeking certifications and training to advance their careers.  Most recently, the Economic Empowerment team approved a scholarship to an adult student at Bunker Hill Community College.  One of the recipients, used the grant to open a consignment store, and 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.

Application Process:

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

Application for Financial Aid

Selection criteria:

The Saheli Board will select 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 of up to $2,000 per applicant. Candidates will be notified of the results within two weeks. This will be a one-time grant.


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