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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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