Through its Women’s Economic Empowerment program, Walmart funded retail training programs to help 200,000 women across the globe. 

Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA)

The Walmart Foundation has provided a USD 1M grant to the Global Fairness Initiative to support the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) in training 36,000 persons – 30,600 of them women – for employment in retail sales and management in India’s booming retail sector.

  • The Retail Opportunity Training Initiative (ROTI) is a robust certificate-level training program aimed at delivering high-value, opportunity-driven instruction in retail sales and management. It is expected to be implemented in SEWA training centers throughout India including in NCT Delhi, Gujarat, and Maharashtra.
  • Tailored to employment in the retail sector, and rooted in SEWA’s highly regarded life skills training methodology, the ROTI is designed to bridge the opportunity gap between India’s underemployed women and the country’s fastest growing economic sector.
  • This initiative augments Walmart India Retail Training Centers which have trained more than 28,000 persons, a third of them women, during the past four years.

Rural Education and Development (READ) India

  • Walmart India and READ (Rural Education and Development) India partnered on a socio-economic empowerment program for 2,600 women in Geejgarh and surrounding villages of Dausa district in Rajasthan.
  • Women underwent training in sewing, stitching, apparel management, eco-tourism, beauty culture etc. enabling them with income-generating and self-employment opportunities.
  • A special resource center called the Sewing and Production Center with 100 sewing machines was dedicated to the women participants, which they can use for training or for sewing assignments. Women will form their own committee to use the center.