Annual Report 2012: Anniversary and quadrupling jobs

Annual Report 2012: Anniversary and quadrupling jobs

2012 was an important year for Women on Wings. The celebration of the fifth anniversary in the presence of HRH Princess Máxima, the turnover grew and the number of jobs for women in rural India quadrupled to 51,300 jobs! Willem Lageweg, Chairman Women on Wings: “This is all thanks to the unique way we work – with relatively limited financial resources, but with a huge pool of talent, being our team of experts. I consider Women on Wings to be an excellent example of social entrepreneur¬ship in the 21st century and of changing world values.”

The results for 2012 and the ambitious plans for 2013 can be found in the digital Annual Report and Accounts for 2012.

In 2012 student Nienke Hekket stayed four months in rural India, where she interviewed women for her research. The results of her thesis show that the life of a woman with a job changes significantly. The additional income to the family paid for such training.

The core team (daily routine) works with fifty Dutch experts and three Indian consultants. In total they spent 2,283 days in 2012 on realizing the goal: 1 million jobs for women in rural India. This is equivalent to 2,283,000 million euro. The total number of jobs created by the end of 2012 was 51,300. No less than a quadrupling of the result for 2011. The target for 2013 is ambitious: we want to double to 100,000 jobs.

“Through this partnership with Women on Wings, we want to enable more women to earn their own income that will give them greater financial means to improve their livelihoods. Economic independence for women means more children can go to school, more meals per day for their families and communities, and an overall better standard of living for them and future generations”

Ilan Vuddumalay
C&A Foundation

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