India’s gender gap index slipped from 112th to 140th among 156 nations during the Pandemic. Women’s labor force participation fell to 22.3%, income is 1/5 of men’s. Our fund recipients are living this harsh reality. After Covid-19 lockdown and Cyclone Amphan’s devastation last year, YGB’s NGO Partner NISHTHA in West Bengal has been exploring new ways for women to return to income earning work.

One solution was to distribute sewing machines to YGB’s micro loan groups to make masks to replace previous work such as sari making and jewelry making as the city market was closed and consumers’ spending has diminished. Your support continues to empower 500 women with new opportunities as they fight this challenge with endurance. 

With your support, YGB is funding 500 women, 50 groups with micro loans despite Covid-19 lockdown and Cyclone Amphan of 2020. Join our “Gratitude Circle” for just $10 a month to empower these women’s lives. This program offers exclusive members only benefits too. Check details here.