Winner of the Women’s Federation for World Peace International Award 2019!
The Global Fund for Widows launched programming in India in 2017 in partnership with the Guild of Service, a veteran in the field for widows’ empowerment. The Sana Project, focused on the war torn region of Jammu and Kashmir, aimed to train war widows – most of whom have young children – in the ancient art of Kashmiri embroidery. Over 50 widows received 36 days of embroidery training. Upon graduation, the widows all received a government Artisan Card, a critical certification that enables them to work readily in the private or public sector. In addition to helping many of the widows place into permanent jobs within the region, The Global Fund for Widows connected its graduates to industry designers, thereby enabling them to work from home and earn a sustainable income.
The Global Fund for Widows is currently expanding activities by sponsoring value chains to support the embroidery enterprises. Widows will be recruited to become vendors for raw materials needed to support widows who are embroidering, such as threads, needles, and textiles. Other widows will become solar lantern vendors and operate solar charging stations, not only supporting widows efforts to increase their own productivity, but helping others in the community such as students who need light to study at night.With these initiatives, the Global Fund for Widows expects to cultivate a well-integrated value chain that offers widows an income stream that is highly visible, and highly sustainable.