Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace Morning Report

The progressive case against student loan forgiveness

Jun 26, 2019

Latest Episodes

Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace Morning Report
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace Morning Report
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace Morning Report
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace Morning Report
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy

Why women hold the key to India’s prosperity

Anu Anand May 21, 2019
Share Now on:
HTML EMBED:
COPY
Victoria Craig/BBC

India’s rapid growth has not yet encouraged more women to look for jobs.

According to the World Bank, India has one of the lowest female labor participation rates in the world. Less than a third of women 15 years and older are working or actively looking for a job.

The non profit Kamalini is on a mission to change this through vocational training programs that teach women basic employment skills.

Students learn hairdressing at the Kamalini school (Photo: BBC)

But there are challenges. Kamalini recently open a new vocational skills center in Haryana, northern India, a state which has some of the worst gender equity indicators in the country. Fewer women work in Haryana than in the rest of India and more baby girls are aborted in the state than anywhere else in the country because of a preference for sons. 

For the women currently enrolled in a beauty course at Kamalini, the simple act of leaving home everyday is revolutionary.

Mamta — who only provided her first name — is 17-years-old. Four years ago, her family married her off and she now has two daughters: “My mother felt terrible that I’d never had a chance to learn anything so she enrolled me on this course so that I can be more independent,” she said.

“I took a bus by myself for the first time recently with my daughter, I can’t tell you how great that felt.”

Empowering a new generation of entrepreneurs

Nisha sews a garment at a vocational school (Credit: BBC)

Not far from the training center, Nisha and Rekha — who also only provided first names — are enrolled in a tailoring course. Both were offered jobs — and both were forced by their families not to accept.

As a compromise, they were allowed to open their own shop in Rekha’s family home:

“We opened a month ago.” Nisha said. “There was a wedding in our village so [we] got orders for 29 dresses. In our first month, we earned $170 … and everyone saw our work on display at the wedding, so we got even more orders.”


Rekha and Nisha (R) outside the workshop where they sew garments. (Credit: BBC)

Click the audio player above to hear the full story.

If you’re a member of your local public radio station, we thank you — because your support helps those stations keep programs like Marketplace on the air.  But for Marketplace to continue to grow, we need additional investment from those who care most about what we do: superfans like you.

Your donation — as little as $5 — helps us create more content that matters to you and your community, and to reach more people where they are – whether that’s radio, podcasts or online.

When you contribute directly to Marketplace, you become a partner in that mission: someone who understands that when we all get smarter, everybody wins.

We’re counting on you today!

Marketplace helps you stay financially responsible all year, now we need YOUR help to keep our budget on track.
Donate NOW to help us hit our target of 2,500 Marketplace Investors by June 30!