The project in Mumbai encouraged the formation of self-help groups among slum women.
The goals of these groups were focused on building and supplying joint savings accounts, and on creating joint income generating activities.
Members could request a loan from their group according to their needs (business, education, housing, medical expenses, etc.).
Groups started commercial activities such as:
- ESewing/embroidery/recycling of old saris
- ECanteens / snacks / food supplements for children
- EManufacture of soaps / incense sticks / spices, etc.
In the context of the Women of India Network (WIN) project, IFPD and its local partner organization Center for the Study of Social Change (CSSC) implemented 20 health centers in the slum of Bandra East.
The staff of health centers consisted of voluntary doctors and health workers. Each health center employed 2 to 4 health workers, who were recruited among the female slum population, and trained by the project.
WIN health centers offered:
- EInformation on health issues and medical care (diagnosis and treatment of common illnesses, gynaecological supervision, pregnancy checks, etc.);
- EPrevention of health deficiencies and sexually transmitted diseases, access to contraceptive methods, infertility and reproductive health counselling;
- EImmunization and medical supervision of children, as well as information on hygiene and nutrition.