Latest result: 266,400 jobs for women in rural India

Picture this; a cricket stadium with a seating capacity of 266,400. The largest in India, Kolkata’s Eden Garden, has capacity of 68,000 seats. Now imagine these would be occupied by women from rural India who have a job at Women on Wings’ partners. It would take almost four Eden Gardens to seat the 266,400 women for whom jobs have been created by Women on Wings and its business partners in India.

Improved livelihoods for 1.3 million people
Women on Wings started working on its mission in September 2007. Since then a total of 266,400 jobs have been co-created for women in rural India, jointly with 37 business partners. Thanks to these jobs, over 266,400 women are empowered, 1.3 million rural people have improved livelihoods and as an extra result, almost 800,000 children are in (a better) school. The jobs contribute to a decreasing poverty level in rural India. Through its work, Women on Wings contributes to UN’s Sustainable Development Goals which are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure all people enjoy peace, justice and prosperity.

Impacting lives through business consultancy
Women on Wings’ experts share their time and knowledge with the Women on Wings partners; social entrepreneurs in India who aim for sustainable growth of their companies rather than growth of their personal wealth. So that the women they provide work to can earn an income and support their families. By supporting the partners in expanding their businesses more products can be sold and thus more jobs for women are co-created. The impact of a job goes beyond the money it brings. Women will spend their income on educating their children. And their self-esteem and self-confidence increases when they contribute to the family income. Women on Wings is always eager to hear from rural women themselves how having a job and income changed their lives. Read the inspiring stories composed from field visits.

@Picture courtesy of Brett Cole