Srujna Charitable Trust

Srujna is a registered charitable trust established in 2011. Srujna is a platform that creates income opportunities for disadvantaged women to sell handmade products and earn a regular income. Through this, Srujna aims to transform them into confident, independent, and contributing members of their families and communities. Since 2011, Srujna has created opportunities for 6,500 disadvantaged women.

They select semi-skilled women (in sewing, stitching, home-made foods, etc.) and provide them with a platform. Besides, they also provide raw materials to make their skill proficient and also help them getting work orders, especially from corporates, organize exhibitions etc. to earn their livelihood and live respectfully.

We have supported the following projects of Srujna:

  1. Project Udyog: This project is to provide work opportunities to 100 disadvantaged women through orders, exhibitions etc.
  2. Project Ajivika: This project is to support 250 disadvantaged women by giving them the platform to work, developing their existing skills and help them with orders, exhibitions.

Apne Aap Womens collective (AAWC)

Apne Aap Women’s serves the women and children of Kamathipura, the red-light area (prostitution area) of Mumbai. This is one of the oldest red-light areas in Asia. They operate three programs:

  1. “Umeed” for women in brothel-based prostitution aged 18+ The objective of the Umeed Program is to help women who have been trafficked into prostitution. Umeed provide them with services and long-term vocational skill(s) so that they can exit prostitution permanently.
  2. “Udaan” for daughters of Umeed members and girls living in the red-light area (prostitution area) aged 5-18. This programme helps prostitutes’ daughters develop a passion for education and also inculcate self-confidence in their unique talents. Unlike community programs that rely on vocational training in low-wage positions, here girls are equipped to pursue aspirational professions and enable genuine socioeconomic mobility.
  3. “Umang’’ for toddlers of Umeed members and other children living in the red-light area aged 2.5-5 years. The objective of Umang Program is to help toddlers develop physically, cognitively, emotionally, and socially in preparation for formal schooling.

Our contribution has been used by the organization to fund workshops, vocational training and food for Umeed for all the three programs.