Empowering Women

“Pragati” started in 2014 to make the women empowered

Women community in the rural areas are the worst sufferers of poverty and unemployment


Without any income of their own, they need to depend on the male community for all their basic needs. Women empowerment through self-reliance and financial independence can be achieved by providing vocational training, which will help them find gainful employment and build self-confidence and dignity.

Pragati, a part of Consus Foundation, was founded in 2013 to work towards the empowerment of underprivileged women. We run this training centre to make women self-sufficient and confident. The first 6 months of training consists of teaching the basics of stitching and eventually mastering the art.

Post the initial training session, women are absorbed in Advanced Training Program, where they start making utility items from scratch. They develop their unique craftsmanship and get equipped to independently earn their livelihood.


  • Promoting employment oriented skill and cultivating entrepreneurship.
  • Generating awareness on the social issues, especially prevailing in rural areas.
  • Connecting with renowned institutes to solidify the training program and provide professional certification.

Approach at Pragati

At Pragati, we up-skill women to become small-scale entrepreneurs. They are trained to stitch high quality hand-crafted products, where finishing of products is of utmost priority. They also learn about the fabric types and its reorganization.

We make them aware about the market trends in general and it’s ever changing dynamics, which motivate them to learning new skills.

We teach them how to work in teams and meet the timelines, so that they can work independently in a professional manner.

As we follow a corporate approach, we customize our products laptop bags, organizer, coat holders and tiffin bags according to the suitability of our clients.

The Impact

Since 2013, more than 60 women have been trained at Pragati and are now self-employed. They generally operate from home and earn a livelihood for themselves and their families. The up skilling at our centre have enabled them to seek employment and become self-dependent.

  • We have contributed to the upliftment of women by making their product saleable.
  • We collect old cloths and recycle then into wearable for the poor section of the society.
  • We provide infrastructure support by providing sewing machine parts and raw materials used in the production of different products.




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