The aim of this document is to provide an introduction to the potential contribution that Social Enterprise (SE) can make to CARE’s programmatic objectives.
CARE has been working in India for more than 60 years, focusing on ending poverty and social injustice. We do this through well-planned and comprehensive programs in health, education, livelihoods and disaster preparedness and response. Our overall goal is the empowerment of women and girls from poor and marginalized communities leading to improvement in their lives and livelihoods. By collaborating with community groups, government departments, and professional bodies, CARE India ensures that the most vulnerable can effect and sustain equitable change.
CARE works with the poorest of the poor in more than 100 districts, in a total of 11 states across India. In 2008, CARE became nationally registered in India, which allows CARE an even greater opportunity to work with national partners and ensure that the poor benefit from India’s new wealth. In 2013, CARE India transitioned from an affliate to a full member of CARE International, a global confederation of member organizations – Austria, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany-Luxemburg, India, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Thailand, United Kingdom and United States – working together to end poverty.
For more information or to contact us, please visit the CARE India website.
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Laxmi Pal is not only creating art, she’s creating history. The 12-year-old grew up in a tiny thatched-roof hut made of dried mud in Kodanna village, believing that she didn’t belong in school. Often seen as outsiders, girls in this rural farming village of 90 families do housework and look after their younger siblings until they marry and move out at around age 14. Being the oldest of five kids, the burden fell on Laxmi’s shoulders.
“Babita! You are going to be a mother soon!” As these words echoed in me I felt a sense of fear. It was difficult for a 20-year-old to imagine what being a mother was like.
I had only been married for five months, and already in my fourth month of pregnancy. My mother-in law assured me that I would always be valued only if it turned out to be a boy child. I shuddered at the thought if I had a girl.
Sunkari Parvathi lives in Swarna Bharathi Nagar, a large slum on the outskirts of Guntur town in India. She became a widow in 2002 when her husband died due to AIDS. Then, she found out she too was living with the disease – but was grateful when Srilakshmi, Nagaraju and Narasmhan, who study in the seventh, sixth and fourth grade, tested negative.
Manjura and Mansura sisters -- 7 and 8 years old, respectively -- who live in the Shastri Park slum of Delhi, India. The slum is located near the railway line and their cottage is right alongside a train track where many children have died or been injured. Their vulnerabilities are further exacerbated by the lack of water, sanitation and hygiene facilities, unavailability of electricity and poor educational facilities in the area.
It was Saturday, the weekly payday for the tea workers, when they are usually at home. But not Ramya.
At age 32, Ramya is a young widow. Her husband died last year due to alcoholism and she is left with five children and an aging mother-in-law to look after. All he left behind were two and-a half acres of land, out of which they had to now lease out half an acre of land to pay for her husband’s funeral and another acre to meet the expenses for her brother-in-law’s wedding. They were now left with just one acre of land.