Women carers, who usually provide care alongside the performance of other household duties, often find themselves being unable to work as there are no suitable employment opportunities that can be scheduled around their extensive commitments at home. These carers, who are unable to earn an income often develop anxiety as a result of money problems, and worry about not being able to sustain their families.
Our surveys across India and Nepal have found that up to 97% of carers and their families live below the poverty line, a figure that is higher than that of the general population.
The action we take gives unemployed carers the chance to establish new livelihoods that coexist with their caring responsibilities and allow them to earn an income. Carers are provided with practical information and given the courage to start new, home-based businesses that utilise talents they already have. Alternatively, they are provided with training to develop new skills that can be used to generate an income.
So far, carers have set-up tailoring, embroidery, jewellery-making and incense stick-making businesses. Some carers have even launched their own small farms or shops. Financial support to set up these new business ventures is often provided through our local carers’ groups which offer livelihood loans.
Sarita, from a village located in Northern India, lives with her father, younger sister and brother. Her mother passed away when she was just 10 years old. She is the full-time carer of her father who has schizophrenia and who cannot work because of his condition.
Prior to our assistance, Sarita was unable to work and was extremely anxious about how she could sustain her family financially.
When Sarita met Anil Patil, the founder of our organization, she expressed how much she wanted to complete her education and find a good job but that this was logistically impossible as she couldn’t leave her father in order to attend studies. Anil put Sarita in touch with her local carers’ group which gave her a space to think about how she could change her future.
Sarita became inspired to set up a small tuition centre for 15 local children that fits around her caring duties. She also accessed a small loan from her carers’ group and is training to set up her very own school-uniform stitching business. As well as all this, Sarita is fulfilling her dream of completing her education by attending evening classes once her siblings have returned home from school.
We have helped plenty more carers like Sarita find employment opportunities.
At the start of our work in India we found that only 30% of carers we made contact with were engaged in employment. Our recent follow up survey discovered that this figure has risen significantly to 84%. Through our continuing work, we intend to make this figure rise even more.
If you would like to ensure that more carers can access employment opportunities, please support us today.