The main focus of LMST's operation is on organising women workers and enabling them to fight discrimination and exploitation by improving their economic and social status in society.
The provision of Micro finance to its members constitutes LMST’s leading developmental activity. Women workers have limited access to formal financial institutions; they are always dependent on some informal source of finance for their needs. For these needs we run Micro Finance Programme for the women workers in three districts of UP Currently there is a huge gap between the demand and supply of financial resources for women workers. LMST tries to fulfill the saving and credit needs of its members by offering them financial support.
LMST is actively working to achieve its goal of providing complete employment to its members. In order to achieve the above objectives following programmes are undertaken.
This centre was setup by LMST to help the members to find markets for their products and to increase their bargaining power. The centre aims to promote and sustain artisan’s welfare and to do away with economic and social exploitation is help them in producing high quality work.
We handicrafts is particularly active in the areas of Chikan and Zardozi craft development. Amongst the workers of informal economy, women are the poorest and most exploited.
The women workers get visible status and are able to get the advantage of Office of the Development Commissioner Handicraft, in one cluster of Barabanki, nine Mohalla of Lucknow District and two blocks of Hardoi Districts (Sursa and Ahirori) It offers them to participate in various Central govt. schemes for welfare of the artisans and also sell their products at various exhibitions around the country.
In view of our philosophy to build capacities of its members to make them economically self-reliant, Lucknow Mahila Sewa Trust lays emphasis on following capacity building components:
All the capacity building and training Programmes are participatory in nature and consist of games and cultural shows apart from the educative sessions.