Projects - Urban

Livelihood Enhancement Through Entrepreneurship Development (LEED)

LEED Objective:

Developing entrepreneurship and enhancing livelihoods through secondary income generation for financially challenged women.

Income Generation Program

Handcrafted for a cause

The Income Generation Program (IGP) takes the skills of women who have already learnt tailoring and cutting, to the next level. Through training programs, they become adept at creating beautiful handmade products.

The new and enhanced skill set supplements the women’s livelihood of tailoring. A second income earned from fashionably designed products transforms them from small-scale ‘darjees’ into entrepreneurs!

IsFon has a range of over 30 exquisite products designed based on current market trends, such as Gift Bags, Gift Envelopes, Gift Boxes, Table Mats, Water Bottle Bags, Saree Covers, Jewellery Pouches, Shoe Bags, Batwas and so on.

These handcrafted products have been showcased at various prestigious exhibitions and at corporate events held in Pune and Mumbai such as:

  • Design One, Mumbai
  • Indian Merchants’ Chamber, Mumbai
  • Ruchika Fair, Mumbai
  • Shivogue, Pune
  • SKS Bazaar, Pune
  • Women Entrepreneurs’ Exhibition, Pune
  • Yellow Ribbon NGO Fair, Pune
  • Mastercard, Pune
  • L&T Finance, Pune
  • Mercedes-Benz, Pune
  • Barclays, Mumbai
  • HSBC, Mumbai

Several bulk orders for special occasions and gifting were received through these exhibitions. Participation at these exhibitions also help to generate awareness of our women empowerment initiative (ISFON IGP).

Skill Enhancement Training
Income Generation Program
IGP Products

Fancy Handbag and Gift Tokri, beautiful handmade products by IGP-trained women

Late Ms. Sridevi, award-winning Bollywood Actress at the ISFON IGP Stall

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IsFon Income Generation Program (IGP) coordinators conduct the Skill Enhancement Training Program for women from 2 NGOs – Sahasee and Pune City Connect

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Muskaan – more reasons to smile

This is one of the most innovative and successful initiative of the Foundation. It empowers financially challenged women, fondly called ‘Muskaan Parees’, helping them to earn an additional income.

Ladies from various walks of life from Pune and Mumbai are associated with IshFon as ‘Brand Ambassadors’. They graciously support the initiative by collecting pre-owned garments and accessories on a periodic basis. These pre-owned garments given by the Brand Ambassadors are checked for quality and usability and then re-sold by the Muskaan Parees at nominal price underprivileged areas of Pune.

The program gives them an opportunity to earn secondary income. The initiative practices the reuse - recycle concept and earns the gratitude of the economically weaker section of the society.

Columbia Asia Hospital

Muskaan stall at Columbia Asia Hospital

Asia Hospital

Muskaan Stall being held at Ruby Hall Clinic which received a very good response

Jehangir Hospital

Muskaan Stall at Jehangir Hospital

Stalls set up

  • in the communities
  • at the Annual Event of Ishanya Foundation – The Yellow Ribbon NGO Fair
  • at leading hospitals like Ruby Hall Clinic and Jehangir

were hugely successful in terms of garment sales and income generation.