Education and Empowerment at the Barli Institute

Sophia Joseph


The Barli Development Institute for Rural Women (Indore, India) offers a six-month residential training program for rural and tribal young women to educate and empower them to become leaders and agents of social change in their communities. The program includes literacy training, vocational training, health education, and community development.

In just six months, Barli students learn to read and write, are trained to generate their own income as tailors, and learn about organic farming, solar cooking, health and hygiene, as well as women’s rights, conflict resolution, and community service. All graduates receive a sewing machine and a government-recognized certificate that allows them to apply for small business loans to set up their own tailoring shops. 94% of Barli graduates contribute to the income of their families.


About Mona Foundation

We support grassroots initiatives that provide education to all children, increase opportunities for women and girls, and emphasize service to the community.

The schools that we support serve marginalized communities globally. They focus on academic excellence, fine arts and character education to develop capable, ethical, and altruistic leaders who contribute to the betterment of their families, communities, and ultimately their nation.  In 2017 we supported the education of 258,000 students, teacher and parents in 18 projects in 10 countries.

We focus our support on these three areas:

  1. Access – We work with local organizations who know best how to meet the needs of their communities through providing access to education by building classrooms or providing scholarships.
  2. Empower Women & Girls – We believe that empowering women has multiplier effects and benefits all.  Women spend 90% of their earned income on their family and directly impact the economic growth of their communities.
  3. Teacher Training – We emphasize and support teacher training to ensure a high quality of learning and commitment to service.

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