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Dolma donates 15% of our profits to educate girls and women in India. The groups we work with face double discrimination for social caste and gender. We believe that investing in women is the greatest way to fight poverty for generations to come. 

 

Help Girls in India Earn an Education

Please consider adding $1, $5 or $10 to your shopping bag for Dolma-supported educational programs. We are committed to doing our part to help those in need, and you can help by making a small investment in a brighter future for women and girls living in poverty. 

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Tong-Len

One of the schools we support is Tong-Len in Dharamsala. They work in the Charan slum where migrant Indians who came to find work found minimal opportunities. Their living conditions are difficult; lacking education, medical care, proper shelter and nutrition.

Tong-Len established a boarding school minutes away from the Charan slum where children can focus on their education while having nutritious and consistent meals and maintaining better health. The school is seeing great progress and is helping to transform the lives of its students, many of whom have spent years begging on the streets. Now their dreams of being doctors and engineers have a chance to come true.

Meet Ranjeeta

Dolma is proud to sponsor Ranjeeta. She is one of five children in her family and the only one to receive a formal education. She attends Tong-Len's boarding school. After a few years in the school, she now excels academically and competes in statewide competitions. She hopes to become a doctor.

Sambhali

Asha is one of the fair trade artisans. © Jonah Kessel

Dolma also supports educational programs at the Sambhali Trust in Jodhpur. The empowerment center was established to provide education for women who come from the lowest caste, also known as Dalits.

The women are thriving in the program. They learn how to read, write, speak English, they learn math and business skills and are trained to sew so they can earn their own income. The women who graduate meet the world with a new found confidence and sense of purpose.

Girl Facts

72 million children are out of school (over two-thirds are girls). (Oxfam)

Educated girls are likely to marry later and have healthier children. They are more productive at home and better paid in the workplace, better able to protect themselves against HIV/AIDS and more able to participate in decision making at all levels. (Unicef)

An extra year of primary school boosts girls' eventual wages by 10 to 20 percent. An extra year of secondary school: 15 to 25 percent. (The Girl Effect)