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     PEC adopts slum, empowers illiterate women

Chandigarh, February 6 2010

Kamla is a changed woman and earns enough to support her six children. She is one of those women from Janta Colony, a slum near Punjab Engineering College, University of Technology. The slum has been adopted by the college and students have worked to empower the women.

Smilingly, she says, “I never thought my life would change like this. It was really difficult for me and my family to look after our children. However, after becoming a part of the project with PEC, I got a new life and I earn enough to support my family.”

Malti, Gaytari and Marina are some of the other women, who have been trained by the PEC, and are now earning a decent living.

While educational institutes in the city do not show much initiative in fulfilling their social responsibilities, PEC has made a real difference. The students motivated women from the slum and engaged them in stitching and making pickles. After creating self-help groups, the students marketed the producted made by the women. The profits are distributed among the women.

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