March 2022

These women are skilling it

Sambhav Foundation works to increase the earning potential of Bengaluru’s informal waste pickers by creating self-employment opportunities through skilling courses in tailoring, beautician and electrician training, and computer work. 

Some of these options are sustainable for women to pursue as it lets them work from or near home.

In these photographs are women from the waste-picker communities who were certified as tailors, giving them another source of income and a path to alternate livelihood if they choose to follow it.

One of them, Seema Bai spoke to Saamuhika Shakti about being a single mom, taking care of her six children on her waste-picker wages, and how she hopes to better their future following this certification. 

Photos and video: Vinod Sebastian for Saamuhika Shakti

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