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Kriti Social Initiatives (Kriti) is a not for profit organization working in the Filmnagar slums in Hyderabad since August 2009. Kriti was started by professionals from the corporate sector who are passionate about making a positive impact on the lives of urban slum dwellers. The Film Nagar slum is a large slum of over 4000 households in the heart of the city. We strongly believe that working with the women will help improve the whole families well being. We are working on women centric issues – livelihoods for women, education of children and gender issues.
We have worked on a number of different projects since the time we started the organization in August 2009 covering areas in health care, financial literacy, health education, immunization, conducting drives to ensure children don’t drop out of school, day care centers to enable women to go out and work, skills training and business training for women and a few others. Currently we have two primary projects:
1 . Livelihoods for women: We help women to find livelihoods close to their homes that allows them to earn income in a safe environment while also balancing family time. We provide work for 15-20 women through tailoring, hand stitching or making paper bags. We make a range of ethnic and eco-friendly products including jute and cloth bags, bedspreads, frocks etc. Learn more about the project and see the range of products here
2 . Scholarships for children: We support the education of over 100 children from needy families and also provide mentoring to the children and the mothers. Learn more about the program here.
We are also working to get permanent housing for some of the women working with us who have been living in kaccha huts for the last 12 years.