Holistic Child Care and Women's Empowerment, Haliyal, Karnataka

Learning Centres and Women Skill Circles
In Uttara Kannada district, Haliyal Taluka, CherYsh works in 9 villages. Here two main activities have been undertaken through the The Karwar Diocesan Development Council (KDDC): 1.Education through Learning Centres, and 2. Skills Training for women.

In this community single crop agriculture and heavy dependence on nature has resulted in chronic poverty, a nomadic existence, neglect of children and a poverty-illiteracy-underemployment cycle.

The intervention of The Holistic Child Care and Women's Empowerment project aims to bring hope to a community where none exists through educating its children and training its women.

The Learning Centers are called Shikshana Vikas Kendras(SVKs) and target the holistic learning aspirations children to include theatre, the arts, music, poetry, environment and so on. In addition, it also addresses aspects of education, life skills, nutrition hygiene, higher education and future employment opportunities.

The Women Skill Circles empower marginalized rural women to hone traditional skills, and learn modern skills to improve their power of negotiation in a competitive world. The project trains women of the community, equips them with job skills, and entrepreneurial knowledge, which will give them financial independence.

Last year CherYsh worked with poor rural women on entrepreneurship programmes. This year the goal is to assist them to take up new enterprise, and handhold them through the life cycle of the business through CherYsh Women Skill Circles. The women are being trained to set up local enterprises in tailoring and dress making, dairy farming, vegetable cultivation, and small- scale cooperatives for economic empowerment which will give them financial and creative freedom to take charge of their lives and the destiny of their communities.

CherYsh Women Skill Circles

The aim of the Skill Circle is to train women in a time-bound manner to produce/deliver quality output at a competitive price, and earn a livelihood.

The 'Circle' is used as the organizational structure for a group of women who gather to learn a skill, resource utIlization, production, delivery schedules, marketing and sales. The Circle is the mechanism to organize, respect and build knowledge and skills of the group.

Skill Circles are facilitated by a group leader or facilitator, from within or outside the Circle, who is an expert on a particular product being made in the Circle. Within the group through a process of discussions, demonstrations and presentations the members of the Circle share their knowledge and experience, learn new information and apply and test new skills.

General characteristics of Skill Circles
  • Small group (8-10 women)
  • Meet regularly over a period of weeks / months
  • Set ground rules for a respectful, productive cycle of LEARN-PRODUCE-EARN
  • Led by a facilitator who is an expert on the product
  • Act as a vehicle to discover, share, knowledge and skills
  • Recognizes women's learning potential, and encourages growth
Beneficiaries of Learning Centres
  • 320 children (Class 5 – Class 10) directly, and their family members
  • Indirectly, covers 1000 children in awareness programs, which introduce the project and its goals to these children
  • 50 women who manage the SVKs
Expected Outcomes
  • Improve learning experience to include performing arts, English language and Computer skills
  • Improve performance in school
  • Reduce drop-outs from school
  • Build leadership skills, and develop leadership support system through identification of 40 Child Leaders
Beneficiaries of Women Skill Circles
  • 300 women in 15 SHGs of nine Gram Panchayats.
Expected Outcomes
  • Orders generated for products from Women Skill Circles&nbsp
  • Increased earnings for women from Skill Circle orders
  • Women take up micro-enterprises
  • Women are trained in multiple income-generating skills
  • Women are given leadership and entrepreneurship training

Empowerment of Marginalized Women Through Job Skills, Mangalore, Karnataka

Women Skill Circles
CherYsh in collaboration with Samanvaya in Mangalore embarked on a joint venture to empower marginalized rural women .This project trains women of the community in dressmaking and embroidery, and equips them with job skills that will give them economic self-sustainability.

In Moilottu near Mulky, in the Dakshina Kannada district of Mangalore, 25 women have successfully completed a tailoring course. At Vijayadaka 35 women completed tailoring and 18 women completed a course on embroidery.

At these two centres, two Tailoring courses of 10 months each and 1 Embroidery course of 6 months saw 78 women being equipped with these skills.

Of the women trained some are now self-employed. The rest have, through the CherYsh- Samvanya venture, come together to form Skill Circles.

Women now meet in a large spacious hall that serves as a work place and a display centre in Vijayadaka. The hall also provides them a place from where they can market their skills and products. It has given them the opportunity to earn a livelihood of up to 2,500/- per month.


100 women in villages of Moilottu and Vijayadka, ( potential for expansion)

Expected outcomes
  • Women come together to form Skill Circles.
  • Women will be first time earners of 2,500/- per month
  • Women will be multi-skilled and produce finished items after completing training in tailirong and embroidery
  • Improved living condition and economically empowered
  • All women will posses a bank account

CherYsh Institute of Women's Empowerment, Ponda, Goa

Women Skill Circles
The CherYsh Institute of Women's Empowerment was established in partnership with The Society for Youth Development, Sanjeevan, Ponda. The aim is to provide leadership, skills and entrepreneurship training to disadvantaged women in the area.

The Institute currently runs three core activities: Women Skill Circles, Health Care Assistant Course, and a Sanitary Napkin production unit. The activties combine quality skill training, hands-on entrpreneurship training, and learning opportunity for much-in-demand healthcare assistant course, run in collaboration with the Goa Education Department.

  • 150 women in Skill Circles
  • 50 women in Sanitary Napkin Production Unit
  • 25 Women in Healthcare Assistant Course
Expected Outcomes
  • 150 women members of Women Skill Circle imbibe entrepreneurship skills
  • 150 women members of Women Skill Circles undergo specific training in crafts, tailoring & embroidery, bags making, sanitary napkins and other self-employable skills
  • At least 25 members acquire machineries and other accessories through credit linkage
  • At least 100 women initiate Income Generating Activities
  • Family members of at least 100 women enjoy sustainable source of income through IGA and increase their annual income to Rs. 36000.00-48000.00
  • 100 women enjoy marketing linkage for their products
  • At least 25 women adopt innovative advanced technology associated with their Income Generating Activities
  • 100 families own assets
  • 100 families enhance their social dignity

CherYsh Centre of Hope, Yeshwanthpur, Bengaluru

Women Skill Circles
The CherYsh Centre of HOPE aims to empower youth in and around the city of Bengaluru, through focused job-oriented training that leads to employment.

Bengaluru's several Industrial estates, and significant concentration of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) hold much opportunity for placement of skilled women and youth. Recognition of this opportunity combined with the desire to earn a living wage draws people into the city every day. Lack of education and skills however result in them being unable to find gainful employment.

HOPE attempts to address this specific problem, through a structured program that addresses skill-building, quality training, certification, and employment in three sectors: Garments, Retail and Information Technology.


200 migrants( 70 per cent women)

Expected Outcomes
  • Train 200 students a year through three courses&nbsp
  • 40% of them (80 students) will be employed
  • Training will help generate an average earning of Rs.5000 /- per month per student which in turn can provide for a combined annual income of nearly Rs.48, 00,000 for the community
  • Job fairs will be conducted where a large group of corporate employers will meet trained youth and conduct spot interviews followed by immediate jobs offers