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Educate a child

About the project

Recognized by UNESCO as one of the top 100 education projects in developing countries, Barli educates and empowers young, rural and tribal women and girls to become leaders and agents of social change in their communities. Though most girls are illiterate when they arrive, 100% pass the national literacy exam within six months and can read and write in Hindi (not their native language).

Along with literacy, the women are trained in cutting and tailoring, in healthcare, agriculture and in sustainable community development including women rights, conflict resolution, and organizing moral education for children. Every student attending the Barli Institute conducts at least 3 service projects in their home village (including children’s education, female literacy, women’s health, environmental conservation, among others) and is expected to involve at least 25 families.

How we help

Barli educates the underserved, rural women in remote villages, often coming from families living on less than $2/day. To enable these girls to attend Barli, Mona Foundation supports 100% of Barli's modest annual budget.  The results? Every student trained at Barli gets involved in at least 3 service activities (including but not limited to children’s education, female literacy, womens’ health, and environmental conservation) and is expected to involve at least 25 families. Thus the total number of individuals indirectly served by Barli graduates per year is about 20,000.  To date Barli has graduated 8,200 young women from 830 villages.  94% of Barli graduates contribute to the income of their families, and to the prosperity of their communities.

Women and Girls Empowerment Program

Each year, Barli trains 109 young women and girls from underserved communites through a six-month residential program  using local teachers and trainers from among their peers. It is a holistic curriculum with experiential and hands-on classes: literacy, health and hygiene including HIV, transfer of solar technology, organic agriculture, overall personality and social development through a specially-designed, “Developing Myself and My Community” curriculum, gender equality and income-generating skills like stitching and tailoring to contribute to the process of personal and social transformation and sustainable community development.

At the end of the training programme, interested and eligible trainees appear in the Cutting & Tailoring examination conducted by National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), an institution under the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. In 2017, Barli trained 218 girls of whom 94% now contribute to the income of their families. 

Training Grassroots Volunteers

Among the new-batch trainees, those having sufficient communication skills are selected as facilitators of groups for peer-tutoring and are trained as Grassroots Trainers. In the initial stages of their training, they follow the same curriculum as other students. In addition, they also advance their vocational skills and develop their abilities as trainers by helping to facilitate classes for the Community Volunteers and functioned as peer-tutors. They develop the necessary skills to use the Institute’s curriculum to conduct classes and to establish education and health programs in their own communities after their return. Some of these trainees also appear in Cutting & Tailoring examination from the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), an institution under the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

These six-monthly training programs are residential and entirely free of cost for trainees. The Institute provides room and board, and all educational facilities, as well as complete health checkups and medications.The Institute also provides health-care and hospitalization in case a trainee falls ill during the training period. During the reporting period, the Institute has successfully exceeded in achieving its training goals.  In 2017 Barli trained 37 grassroots trainers.

In addition to community and grassroots volunteers, we trained, 29 senior trainees - out of which 21 prepared for high school, 4 prepared for higher secondary school and 4 prepared for graduation and post graduation.

Measuring Impact

Barli has a vigorous evaluation and monitoring process in place conducted through interviewing the trainees, parents and family members, village visits, and external agencies.   Below are a few indicators they use to track progress year over year.  For more details contact  

  1. Number of Admissions
  2. Percentage of trainees that pass the National Level Open School Exam of Cutting and Tailoring.
  3. Number of Trainees (who are initially literate) that successfully learn reading, writing and basic arithmetic at the end of the training program.
  4. Number of resident trainees who enroll for high school, or for higher secondary school, or graduation course (trainers who have completed the initial six-month course.)
  5. Percentage of trainees who are motivated to start their own tailoring shop.
  6. Number of trainees motivated to restart their education after going back.
  7. Number of trainees motivated to use organic agriculture when they return to their village.
  8. Number of parents who attend the parents meeting.
  9. Number of trainees that can understand these concepts clearly after the training:
    1. Importance of hygiene and sanitation, mensuration, child birth and pregnancy, immunization, the use of thermometer, how to administer first aid in case of burns, snake bite, wound or drowning.
    2. How to prepare ORS; the importance of regular checkup by doctor, methods of family planning; HIV AIDS causes; cancer –types, causes, symptoms and treatment.
  10. All trainees during their training program experience better health measured by:
    1. Increase in hemoglobin count
    2. Increase in weight of underweight trainees
  11. Number of trainees who will plant trees in their villages when they go back.
  12. Number of trainees who will teach illiterate women in their village to read and write.

Story of Transformation: Ms. Chetna Solanki

Ms. Chetna Solanki is a graduate of Barli Institute. After completing her 6 month course she stayed back for another year to learn typing and computers. Her father was a driver who died suddenly of heart failure one year after she returned home. Chetna restarted her education and also decided to support her family’s income.  She used the skills learnt at Barli to work as a receptionist in a motor-bike showroom in Indore city. Her confidence and hardwork has made her one of the most successful and loved employee of the company. Now in addition to reception, she is also learning to do marketing and sales tasks.

Story of Transformation: Ms. Sonu

Ms. Sonu (from Kumerikakad village)  is a graduate who has set up a successful stitching shop in the city. She also teaches stitching to girls in her neighbourhood.

To expand her business income she decided to undertake a course in beauty parlor management and now works as a makeup artist in her spare time. She is a role model for girls in her community due to her self-reliance.

Story of Transformation - Kali

Kali was born in a tribal household in Alirajpur and contracted polio as a child. Illiterate, poor, and as a woman, she would have been a community outcast. But she attended the Barli Institute six-month training course. Now, she reads and writes, owns her own tailoring shop, earns enough money to not only support herself but also pay for the education of all the children in her family, and has, at her own initiative, formed a “micro-financing self-help group" to help 12 other women grow their own businesses. She has also bought and specially fitted a scooter so that she can get around more easily.  


Mona Foundation provided $300 to train Kali for six months covering her room, board and training. Kali is now lifting herself and other women out of poverty, while transforming the hearts and minds of her community on the importance of educating women.

2017 Achievements

218 women trained onsite, 100% passed the tailoring exam.


Each trainee engaged in 3 service projects (children's education, female literacy, women's health, environmental conservation), each involving 25 families, impacted 20,000 community members.

Trained Senior Trainers from among the Barli attendees, of whom 21 enrolled in high school, 4 enrolled in higher secondary, and 4 began their post graduate studies. 

Trained 59 teachers, 156 community volunteers, 37 grassroots volunteers, and 229 parents to scale their services into surrounding villages.

Held a 3-day training for Barli trainers in solar cooking and the use of 15 portable cookers.  

Held multiple other cultural and community events (medical camps, tree planting, literacy lessons, environmental preservation, etc.) to raise awareness and celebrate diversity.  

Graduate 260 new trainees

Train 170 community and grassroots trainers; 250 in organic agricultural practices, 120 in female literacy; 300 in early pregnancy prevention, and children and youth education

Continue with HIV-AIDS educational program at extension centers, 1070 people.

Continue training trainers and community members in environmental preservation, solar cooking, and organic agriculture practices, 310 people

Change two lives!

Give $67 a month to support the training of 2 rural women at Barli.

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