WORK+SHELTER provides women in India a safe place to work, gain stability, and make a fair wage. Each woman has her own story of hardship. Some have had to make tough decisions on whether to eat or send their children to school, have suffered through forced arranged marriages, or have even endured coerced abortions (oftentimes when their family learns they are pregnant with a girl, since daughters are largely considered undesirable because of the outlawed but still prevalent practice of dowry). Their choices are limited.
Thus, access to paid training at WORK+SHELTER and a consistent income is transformative. Many companies in the garment industry pay a piece wage, and employ people only when they have work. At WORK+SHELTER the women are paid no matter what. This consistency allows them to plan and save, oftentimes for the first time in their lives.