At Gramshree we encourage each woman to be a seed of change, so that she may strengthen her family and inspire her community. With her own hands and our skill training in embroidery, patchwork, catering and stitching she earns her economic self-reliance. Through our programs in health, education, personal finance and leadership training she discovers her confidence. And amidst our loving and supportive network of women and staff she finds her family. In this transformational process, each Gramshree woman is able to redesign her destiny. We work with women in Ahmedabad and the rural regions of Patan and Kachchh.
Supporting the survival of artisans and preserving craft traditions is also part of our mission. We work with the artisans to innovate on designs, improve techniques and ensure fair wages. Our marketplace carries products from a variety of partner organizations that promote craft and social development.
Our trainings and income generation opportunities provide women with the path for economic sustainability. In order to nurture their overall wellbeing, we offer programs across four dimensions: health, education, personal finance and leadership training.
We issue each woman a security health card that she may use to access proper healthcare services at various clinics partnered with Gramshree. We also teach women about their bodies and healthcare through seminars and interactive workshops run by professionals and guide them on how to make conscious choices to promote health and prevent diseases. Gramshree holds regular medical camps to improve women’s health and provide them with direct medical care.
Gramshree strengthens the education of our women’s children by helping cover school fees, admission costs and school materials. We organize tutorial classes for children in the 10th standard, the most critical year in the Indian schooling system.
Through our food security program we supply women with a year’s worth of grain, oil and spices that they repay through monthly installments. We also open a savings account for every Gramshree woman and teach them how to maintain their own accounts. We educate women on how to save and spend wisely. Gramshree encourages the spirit of enterprise in women by putting her on a trajectory for what she can do and giving her financial support through micro-credit loans to accomplish her goals.
Through monthly Awareness Seminars, we organize guest speakers on various topics throughout the year to encourage positive thinking, improved living, family bonding and spiritual development. We provide women with unconditional emotional support and a community of friends and family on which they can always depend. Gramshree organizes fun tours, picnic, movies, garba, cooking classes and more to give the women a chance to enjoy life and gain exposure.
Sixteen years ago Gramshree started with just 11 women, today we have joined hands with 1500 women and work together to improve their lives and our community.