Working in the textile industry? Fine, but with a diploma, a fair salary and under good working conditions! The sustainability of the project is enhanced by offering grants, which are repaid after finding a job.
What is the project?
Unfortunately, the term 'fast fashion' is indispensable in the Western world. Fashion changes several times a season, so what you buy today will be 'off' tomorrow. The real price is paid in the countries where the clothes are produced. Young men and women are being brought on a large scale from Northern and Eastern states to work in the garment factories in South India under very poor conditions. They often do not speak the same language, have had little to no education and therefore do not know exactly what their rights are. The vulnerability of girls and young women in particular is being abused.
Educated, empowered and self-assured
SAVE is a certified trainer, offering vocational training to enter the labor market with more knowledge and a diploma, often the clothing industry which is the largest employer in India. In addition to the specialist training for electricians, clothing makers ('Tailoring') or quality controllers ('Quality Assurance, Quality Control & Line Management'), attention is also paid to management and marketing skills that bring management positions or working as an independent entrepreneur within reach. SAVE has good contacts with 'honest entrepreneurs', links them to a large business network and helps with job placement.
Revolving Fund: students for students
Just 'giving' is not a sustainable model in the long term. The funding model has been changed in 2018 in collaboration with Net4kids to make the project more sustainable. The training is paid from the SAVE Revolving Fund and afterwards paid by the young people themselves in installments after finding a job. New students can follow the training course on reimbursements. A continuous flow of money, which gives many more young people opportunities with one investment.
Why did Net4kids choose this project partner?
Solid partner that makes the difference
With SAVE we are in good company. Nationally and internationally, SAVE is the partner when it comes to child labor and fair wages. They tackle the problem where it starts and, supported by the government, start a conversation with the factory owners. With a continuous focus on changing the mindset, they achieve great results. In addition to funding, Net4kids is a sparring partner for SAVE in the field of the development and organization of training courses for the textile industry, with the best job prospects.
The first steps towards a change in the funding model of this project made during the Stakeholder trip to India.
How do I make a difference in this project with my company?
The starting point of CSR policy, choose a suitable project that stays close to your DNA and / or the working area of your organization. Doing something right is only credible if it stays close to your core business and core values.
Do you work in the recruitment sector? Is talent development of your employees described in the core values of your company? Do you help talents to a good job? Then this could be a project that suits your company.
Making an impact starts with a financial commitment. This way we can really build on the involvement between your company and the project. Net4kids invests 30K per year in this project.