Literacy and Numeracy Training for Women

Hand in Hand India

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Together with Hand in Hand, the GSRD Foundation provides literacy and numeracy training to thousands of illiterate women in India. The objective of the program is to generate social inclusiveness and provide socially and economically vulnerable groups, especially young females, a chance to be part of the mainstream economy.

Hand in Hand offers women literacy and numeracy training via Self Help Groups (SHGs). A SHG created a collaborative, helpful environment to help foster literacy and numeracy. 85% of the women that join the SHGs are illiterate and without numeric skills. Illiteracy and innumeracy creates enormous impediments to women wanting to start a business since the ability to read and calculate is essential for having a bank account, writing contracts, working with customers, and calculating investments and profits.

Hand in Hand has developed a 150-day crash course to train illiterate SHG women. Students are trained by one of the 3,400 teachers employed by Hand in Hand. 90% of the highly motivated women participating in the initiative pass the course.

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Hand in Hand India

Hand in Hand is a public charitable trust founded in 2002 in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. Hand in Hand’s vision is a world free of extreme poverty and child labor. Hand in Hand’s aim is to eliminate poverty through an integrated community development program. Read more about Hand in Hand India.

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