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Spotlight article | Empowering women transforms entire communities

Since 2012 we have been taking action to empower carers, 84% of those carers have been female.

 

We have decided to highlight this particular area of our work in a special fortnightly spotlight feature on our blog.  We look forward to sharing this 4 part series with you.

 

Our efforts to empower carers benefits entire families.  This is clearly reflected in our operational statistics that show improving the lives of 7,770 carers consequently improved the lives of 7,777 people requiring care, plus an additional 23,100 family members. Amongst these figures are numerous inspirational women carers, who have not only improved the quality of life of their own families but have taken action to transform the lives of other carers and families within their communities.

 

Amongst these figures are numerous inspirational women carers, who have not only improved the quality of life of their own families but have taken action to transform the lives of other carers and families within their communities.

 

By empowering a single female carer, their newfound boost in self-esteem can trigger a motivation to help other carers, which in turn creates a ripple effect across an entire society.

 

Padma, a member of the Agalakari village carers group in the Indian state of Karnataka, is just one example of a female carer who has made a great impact on other carers from her village. Before Padma joined the carers’ group, she was sceptical as to how such a group could help herself or others and was resigned to the idea of continuing to be an “invisible carer” for the foreseeable future.

 

After some time, Padma decided she would give the carers’ group a chance and is now an active member of the 17-strong group, using her existing knowledge and skills to assist other carers. Padma is one of the more fortunate carers who has maintained steady employment alongside her caring responsibilities, a role which is in the local government. As a government employee, Padma has first-hand knowledge on what services are available for carers and the persons they care for, and also knows how to complete complex applications to access those services.

 

Padma now supports carers who wish to make applications for services or benefits and also attends meetings between government officials and carers who have previously struggled to have their voices heard. Prior to joining the carers’ group, Padma did not envision how much of an impact she could have on others within the caring community.

 

Through the efforts of the women we work with, the number of people benefiting from our work multiplies.

 

Since we began operating, 93% of carers and their families have achieved economic inclusion. This success is not attributed solely to the work we do directly with carers, but is also a result of women like Padma who go on to take proactive action in enabling other carers to access a higher standard of living.

 

To help us inspire more women like Padma to become leaders within the caring community, please make a donation.

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