Shalom Welfare Society

Ooty, India
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About Shalom Welfare Society

Shalom self-help group was started in 2005 to help women who have the full-time responsibility of running a household and to earn an income. The objective was to enable these women to strive for some degree of financial freedom to enhance their self-worth and independence within the constraints of their daily routine. 

The group started its life with just a few sewing machine in a small room. Training women to gain basic skills in hand and machine stitching was one of the first missions of the group. Women form the Toda community began joining the group which sparked the idea of using their traditional talent in exclusive hand embroidery of the Toda's on mainstream products such as cushion covers, bags, accessories, bed spreads and whole lot of attractive products. 

The success of these products encourage the tribal artisans to get more involved in Shalom's activities. Women from a wide range of age groups benefit from Shalom as it gives them the opportunity to earn an income without compromising on the demands of their households. 

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