Foundation for Education & Economic Development (FEED)

Project Theme

Urban Poverty

Target Group


Project Period

01 Apr 2015 - 30 Mar 2016

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Muslims are the largest minority group in Uttar Pradesh with 18.5% population share as per 2001 Census. In Lucknow the community constitutes 26% of the total population. It has already been established by Sachchar Committee & various other credible reports that socio economic condition of Muslims is no less pathetic than Scheduled Tribes & Scheduled Caste communities in the country. The livelihood mainstay of majority of Muslims in Lucknow has been traditional artisan work & handicrafts such as Chikankari, Zari Zardozi embroidery, metal or wood craft. Lucknow is known for its Chikankari & Zardozi craft skills. In Uttar Pradesh there are about 1.5 crore families & 700000 families in Lucknow district alone are involved in this occupation according to the estimate by an agency  . However, the life of the women & men artisans is not as glittering as the shining silver & gold threads they work wit However, poor policies, lack of financial infrastructural support, dominance of middlemen in the trade, free market policies & reforms have severely affected the lives & livelihoods of the artisans pushing them to further margins & deprivation. 


About the Project:

Project EMAL seeks to enhance quality of life of the 2500 marginalised Muslim families of  Zari Zardozi Workers of urban poor settlement in   Lucknow through skill enhancement, convergence & fair trade promotion.


Results to be Achieved / Impact: 

•Increased Capacities & skills of the artisans to be at par excellence with market

•Establishment of sustainable enterprise of the artisans

•Enhancing collective strength & voice of the artisans


Outcomes: What we have so far achieved (Achievements):

•50 young women were imparted training for better designs & zardozi work at Hunar Ghar

•Recognition of Hunar Ghar as a hub of skill development, confidence & empowerment  for women & State Authorities (Lucknow Hunar Ghar accorded the status of CLC Centre under NULM)

•20 girls belonging to minority community were given training of basic Photoshop & Coral Draw with free time for practice

•Linkages established with NIFT, leading fashion designers & retailers leading to technical support & market opportunities 


Quotes of Beneficiaries: 

“Visiting NIFT was an eye opener for me. Girls over there shown me amazing designs & trainers gave us very good ideas for embroidery. The students also learnt from us about Zardozi. Myr parents were too happy to see my certificate” 

Shaheen Bano, Trainee at Hunar Ghar