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Saahasee: Growing capacity – reshaping the lives of oppressed families in the slums of India

What is this project and how does it help?

For over 20 years Saahasee has been spreading basic education and hope as it releases the power of collaborative effort in urban slums, now in five cities across India. More than half a million women are now overcoming hygiene and sanitation issues and reclaiming their rights as people. Saving one rupee a day and investing it collectively is at once building a sisterhood of micro-finance institutions and transforming life in the slums.

. Families are boosted with education for children, economic opportunities for husbands and a radically empowered, enriched and productive future for the whole community.

How can you partner with and help this project?

Support Eddie and his team to empower some of the world’s most oppressed families living in slums. New Zealand based Global Equity Brokers understands the needs of Western business people and will tailor opportunities to suit your desire and ability to give, whether it’s one or two hours or several days or weeks. Sharing your time and interest, knowledge and expertise will take these collaborative federations of women into new dimensions of success. Help them market their collective skills and labour on new levels, broaden their understanding and boost their confidence as they engage with mainstream businesses in the marketplace. The value of your guidance and support is multiplied many times as it reaches deeply into the hearts of thousands of women and families. The federations themselves are growing, breeding and spreading as a groundswell of self-help initiatives sweeping into the slums. Grow your appreciation of the amazing returns from meagre resources. Slums are being transformed by courage, commitment and tenacity in the face of huge odds. Are you ready to fill your heart with the love being shared?

Invest locally – where you live or work – or overseas. Global Equity Brokers bridges the language and cultural barriers and distance, applying your high-value gifts of time, expertise and resources directly where they are most needed. In this way, and by promoting a two-way learning exchange, Global Equity Brokers delivers meaningful outcomes and high returns on every hour and dollar invested. Global Equity Brokers matches your gifts to selected local groups, such as Saahasee, which already have a wide impact and a successful track record. Global Equity Brokers also offers opportunities for companies or individuals to invest on-site.

Specific resources needed:

Global Equity Brokers will help you gift your marketing expertise to existing women’s co-operatives – labour pools with thousands of women seeking ‘in-home’ work in slums. If you have more time, as a Westerner leading the marketing you would become a unique selling point. Communication and public relations skills are also needed to document and report on this successful urban slum empowerment model. Your skills could help this success in India to be copied around the world, published in international journals and marketed to potential private/corporate supporters/funders.