Our Virtual Training for Empowerment Programme (VTFEP) plays a central and important role at Secret Projects and forms the basis of our vision of a world where all women have the confidence and resources to make choices, thrive and contribute to the strengthening of their communities.
Working closely with established and reputable Indian based charities and NGO’s, we are able to link with communities of women with good sewing skills, who want to be able to earn their own living from their expertise, but need support to find relevant and authentic opportunities. These women become part of our Maker Community, forming local Maker Groups and, with our guidance, learn how to make Secret Products. Each one becomes part of our 4 stage Training for Empowerment Programme (see below), that not only provides a route to both the domestic and international sales markets, but also gives each member the tools to be able to form their own micro-enterprises if this is something they want to pursue.
Stage 1: Training - Makers learn how to make foldable Secret Products, e.g. Secret Pillows
Stage 2: Professionalism - Makers are supported to produce products of the highest export standards
Stage 3: Enterprise Development - Makers are coached to uncover local opportunities to generate an income
Stage 4: Leadership - Emerging leaders are encouraged to develop their leadership skills and grow their confidence
Our programme currently spans 5 Indian states, and has trained over 500 Makers since we began in 2014.