||Women’s Empowerment through a Social Welfare Project under the Catholic Church in South India
118 , 2017-08-24
In this paper, I will study a social welfare project to empower women in the diocese of Thuckalay—part of the Catholic Church in South India. I will especially focus on the social role of religious organizations in this project. I researched one of the units under the Kannyakumari Social Service Society of the diocese of Thuckalay in February and March 2015. My research focused on one of three income-generating units, Angel Garments,which is engaged in the production of readymade garments in collaboration with V-Star Creations Private Limited. In 2011, the KKSSS established Angel Garments to encourage economic independency of rural women in Pulkal, Kannyakumari district, Tamil Nadu. The establishment of Angel Garments is closely related to the economic circumstances of the Pulkal area. Most of the households live in poverty. Angel Garments is a unit for women in need of help. Many of the workers said that they recovered their dignity and found a voice after they joined Angel Garments. Most of the workers feel more confident than before, and they have hope in their future. Angel Garments is a successful joint venture between the partners. The reason this joint venture has gone well is that there is a very well-balanced division of labor between partners at Angel Garments.