Hero MotoCorp felicitated AIF with the “Partners Excellence Award” during their Annual Partners Meet on May 9, 2019. Mr. Vijay Sethi, CIO Head HR & CSR at Hero Motocorp presented the award to AIF representatives, Niresh Kumar and Manish Kumar.
In November 2017, AIF’s Ability Based Livelihood Empowerment (ABLE) program embarked on a partnership with Hero Motocorp to train and create employment for 600 women with disabilities across Delhi National Capital Region (Delhi NCR) which includes Delhi, Noida, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad and Faridabad. The project aimed to give “Equal, Inclusive, Dignified Livelihoods for Girls and Women with Disabilities”. This far, the project has reached over 400 women with locomotor disability, speech and hearing disability, visual disability and cerebral palsy across Delhi NCR, providing skill development training in the areas of IT & ITeS, Garment Construction and Workplace Readiness.
Skill-building trainings were delivered through 16 centres established within the community. This also aided in addressing issues of mobility that most of the women beneficiaries faced as many of them were also mothers, wives and daughters, taking care of household chores. As the program suggests, this project has catalyzed creation of ability-based livelihoods, where some have opted for jobs in the formal and informal sector while some others have started to work from their homes adding to their family income and creating a dignified space for themselves within their communities. Some of the well-reputed employers are Lemon Tree Hotels, Pullman Hotel, IBIS hotel, and Web Data Services. It has been very inspiring in this journey to see these women rise above the challenges to see a brighter life ahead, not just for themselves but for their families too.
“Physical disability if challenged by mental ability, the latter always wins,” shares Sundari who started her own boutique after completing her skills training in garment construction under ABLE program. Sundari did not let her locomotor disability to get in the way of empowerment and financial independence. Today she not only runs a successful boutique from her home and takes care of her household finances, but she has also created livelihood opportunities for Sarla & Pinki, her batchmates from the same neighbourhood.
AIF is revolutionizing the industry paradigm in India by providing equal opportunity and access to employment for persons with disabilities, based on a simple belief- it is one’s ability, not disability, that defines an individual. ABLE trains person with disabilities in fundamental and specialized skill sets- and facilitates their entry into the job market through a robust advocacy platform for disability inclusion, promoting growth in India. Since its inception, Ability Based Livelihood Empowerment (ABLE) has trained more than 15,000 persons with disabilities (PwDs) in workplace readiness and industry skills and created more than 9,100 jobs for PwDs.
– Manish Kumar