On 22 January, 2016, the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, launched our latest project to empower 5,000 impoverished widows in the holy city of Varanasi in India. This socio-economic project will not only help 5,000 widows but it will also support 50,000 of their children and family members.
Each widow will receive a vocational training in tailoring for two months. Once the training is completed, the Loomba Foundation will give each beneficiary a foot-operated Singer sewing machine so that they can start their own business or work in a factory to earn money, and become self-reliant. They will be able to educate their children and support their family members.
The Holy City of Varanasi is the constituency of the Hon’ble Prime Minister and is the most visited pilgrimage destination in India where many widows come to spend the rest of their lives after being ostracised by their families and society. The 2011 Population Census of India estimates that Varanasi has more than 90,000 widows.