Livelihood SOS

Every day, 22 girls and women in India are killed by their husbands or husbands’ family after marriage. There are 8,391 DOWRY DEATHS reported in 2010. That’s DOUBLE the number reported in 1995.

The girls and women whom Daughters Of Tomorrow are helping in Kadapa, India, are victims of such circumstances and other discriminatory practices. Here are some of their stories:

Peeru, 18 years old.

Peeru came to the orphanage with 2 younger sisters. Her father is behind bars for killing her mother and she was an eye-witness. Her father’s family is out for revenge, and she’s staying at the orphanage for security. Peeru is now a tailoring apprentice at Lalitha Women’s Cooperative and has since 2012 been enrolled in quality training and handicraft work for Daughters Of Tomorrow’s products.

Ganga, 20 years old.

Ganga came to the orphanage at age 7. Her father is an alcoholic. Her mother died of kerosene burning, she and her brother watched their mother burn. The police has classified the incident as a suicide case, but the real situation is otherwise. She is now pursuing her college education, and she would like to be yoga teacher some day. She will be featured in a documentary being produced by Daughters Of Tomorrow, to share her story with the world to raise awareness about the plight of women in India.

"A", Muslim lady with 2 children.

"A" speaks better English than most of her peers. Turns out that she has a college degree but was prevented from pursuing a job and a career after marriage. She attended DOT’s handicraft training workshop in February 2013 and learnt about “good workmanship” and “quality”. She is now enrolled into continued employment to produce natural wool-felt Animal Purses, which are marketed by Daughters Of Tomorrow in Singapore and available at our E-shop. "A" works from home as she faces restrictions imposed by her family from working outside the house. (We are unable to use her real name to protect her identity, due to restrictions she faces in her family circumstances.)

 

Lakshmi, mother of a 7-year-old girl.

Lakshmi attended DOT’s workshop in February 2013 and was discovered by DOT’s Founder, Carrie to have a good eye for detail. She was given the role of “Quality Control Officer” and enrolled into continued production work for DOT’s products. For the first time in her life, she had a talent being identified and appreciated, and a job title. She has become very attached to Carrie and looks forward to DOT’s next visit to Kadapa.

Parveen, Chief Seamstress.

Parveen first enrolled in the cooperative’s sewing program 6 years ago. Since 2012 she has been the master sampler for baby dresses and acquired knowledge of 1st world quality standards. She has since imparted that knowledge to the production team of 8 other women. The baby dresses made under her supervision have been sold in bazaars and events in Singapore, and are now available online at our partner employer's online boutique. 

Daughters Of Tomorrow’s livelihood projects have impacted more than 20 women in India as well as Singapore since 2012. We hope through this website, we can raise awareness and provide insight into our various Livelihood Enablement Programmes to help enable women, and empower families in poverty. 

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