Empowering Women in One of the Poorest States in the World

Bihar, India is a state in extreme poverty. Families are forced into a repeated cycle of poverty in which their basic needs are not met. These families are suffering, but we are doing something about it.

We are taking an already existing program in Bihar to a new level. The current program teaches women tailoring and seamstress skills. Jesus' Economy is adding a new, innovative business training program. With this program, we will create sustainable jobs for the impoverished.

This is Jesus’ Economy’s Empowering Women Program.

The Inspiration behind Our Program

The day Jesus’ Economy decided to launch the program is a day CEO John D. Barry will never forget. A woman placed her hands in his and wept. She said, “I can now afford to keep my kids in school, but keeping food on their plates often feels impossible. I am constantly facing the decision of whether to eat or pay for school supplies or clothing for my children. Will you pray for me and my children?" She could pay for her kids to go to school through her sewing work, which she learned via a non-profit sewing school, but her business needed a boost.

Women like this are ready to work hard to offer their children a better life; they just need the opportunity. Together, we can give them this chance for a hopeful future. Jesus’ Economy is offering graduates of the sewing program the chance to learn how to make products for a western market—as well as learn business basics and ethical business practices.

Our partner in Bihar has already taught women how to sew, but they need the additional business skills to become successful and sustainable.

Our Business Training Program

Our business training program will teach 40 women how to expand their businesses. The training has two phases. First, a trainer will come in and offer a one-week training session on product development, employee management, handling accounts, and running an ethical, fair trade business.

The second phase involves hands-on product development training. This will be a two-week session that guides the women through their own product development cycle and further business ethics training. This trainer will be available for an additional 10 weeks for free consulting to the women. By the end of the training, the women will be equipped to sell high-quality products locally and on the western market. They will have moved from tailors to successful international businesswomen.

After the training, the women will be eligible for a microloan from Jesus’ Economy to purchase supplies for their expanding business. Jesus' Economy also changes the economic paradigm by becoming the guaranteed buyer of the products the women are creating. Jesus' Economy will sell these products in our fair trade shop.

We need a total of $11,000 to launch this program, and we currently have raised $4,385

Your donation today renews the lives of impoverished women and kids. The Empowering Women Program is part of the Renew Bihar, India project.

By partnering with us, you can empower a woman in Bihar, India to lift her family out of poverty. Each female entrepreneur will be able to provide a sustainable income for her entire family.

Charlotte Van Werven
Charlotte Van Werven


Staff Writer for Jesus' Economy