We are the pioneers in bringing disadvantaged women into professional driving. To date, we have empowered 1200 women in India to transform their lives as professional chauffeurs. Nearly 400 women drivers known to us are currently earning with dignity. These women have become fearless and took charge of their lives. But many more need a key to unlock a better life. Will you give them the key?

One Time Donation

Rs. 500/-pays for one woman to learn about her rights
Rs. 1000/- enables three women to learn how to defend themselves
Rs. 1500/-will provide counselling to a woman facing violence
Rs. 3000/-enables three women to improve English language skills
Rs. 6000/-enables a woman to complete a driving school course
Rs. 10,000/- enables a woman to acquire driving skills required to work as driver
Rs. 45,000/-helps one woman gain complete employability to get out of the poverty trap forever
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SUPPORT RESOURCE-POOR WOMEN IN INDIA TO TRANSFORM THEIR LIVES

Our Women on Wheels project empowers poor women to become professional drivers to enable them get well-paying and respectful jobs and reclaim freedom. It helps these women get employed as cab drivers and chauffeurs for women, making transportation in Indian cities safer for women. Once earning, women drivers are able to double even triple their family income. The project does not only help lift many people out of poverty, it also empowers women to transform their lives in numerous ways.

 

 

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The Issue

52.8 people in urban India live in poverty. Poverty that often costs lives of the loved ones.
If they are allowed to work at all, marginalized women mostly work in undignified and stereotyped jobs that pay very little, such as domestic help.
Many women are denied making decision about their lives – 47% of girls in India are married before they turn 18. And almost 80% of women need to seek permission to visit even a health centre.
Violence against women is widespread. Nearly 1 in 3 married women in India experienced spousal violence.

How do we solve the issue?

Our Women on Wheels project empowers resource-poor women to become professional drivers, get well-paying and respectful jobs and reclaim freedom. It helps these women get employed as cab drivers and chauffeurs for women, making transportation in Indian cities safer for women. Once earning, women drivers are able to significantly increase their family income. The project does not only help lift many people out of poverty, it also empowers women to take charge and transform their lives in numerous ways.

The Impact

As professional drivers, women helped by this project are able to increase their family income up to four times; 90% of the employed drivers have become principal earners in their families. Moreover, they become more confident, start to take control over their own lives and make informed choices. Women drivers inspire other women to take on non-traditional professions and become autonomous and economically independent. The social change this project leads to reaches out to women drivers’ children – creating long-reaching intergenerational impact.

“Azad has not only helped me get trained for a job and double our income—it has taught me to walk with my head held high.”

Joytsna, Kolkata

“I am confident that now I can drive as well as men do. In my first job, I earned Rs 7000, which improved our economic condition and I was able to assure better medical care for my parents.”

Jayshree, Indore

“My husband and in laws abused me constantly. I remember the day I learnt that my body is my right. I felt so angry because I realized that I have been accepting violence all my life. That night I told my husband ‘NO’. He tried to beat me up but my children stood by me. Now he does not dare to touch me.”

Lata, Delhi

AN ORGANISATION YOU CAN TRUST

Established in 2008, we are one of the most impactful women empowerment NGOs in India. Fully committed to women we work with, we keep our admin costs to minimum. So 83% of your donation is spent to benefit resource poor women.

Azad Foundation is registered with Director of Income Tax, under section 80 G. All donations to Azad are exempt from income tax.





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PROGRAM EXPENSES

From every amount you donate…

83% is spent to empower women

17% on admin

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Only $10 / Rs.500 pays for one woman to learn about her rights. $160 / Rs.6000 enables a woman to acquire driving skills required to work as driver.

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*Source: World Bank 2017 / International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS) and Macro International. (2007). National Family Health Survey (NFHS-3), 2005–06: India: Volume II. Mumbai.