Skill Development & Livelihoods Projects


Funding Agency: Tech Mahindra Foundation


Start Year: 2014


No. of Direct Beneficiaries: 1700 women & youth


Skills for Market Training (SMART) was implemented in 2014 to provide job-oriented skill training to women and youth from marginalized sections of Hyderabad. The project focuses on training in trades like Information Technology Enabled Services (ITES), BPO, Customer Relationship and Sales (CRS) through the training centre in Mehdipatnam.


Funding Agency: Tech Mahindra Foundation

Start Year: 2017-19


No. of Direct Beneficiaries: 480 youth


SAFA ran a ‘Skills for Market Training’ (SMART) Centre from 2017-19 which offered placement-oriented skill training in General Duty Assistant (GDA) in collaboration with Tech Mahindra Foundation. The project targeted youth in slums by offering a four-month-long vocational training in GDA that includes theory and practical classes to enable students to become certified GDAs followed by placement in well-established hospitals. Along with this, basic IT & language skills and knowledge about the workplace environment are also provided. The project covered 3 batches in one year with 80 students each.

Mainstreaming Youth (MY) Centre

Funding Agency: SEED and Basheeruddin Sarwar Babu Khan Trust (BSBT)

Start Year: 2015

Mainstreaming Youth focused on offering job-oriented skill training to unemployed youths or those engaged in the informal sector. Initially, the project trained students in basic computer literacy, spoken English, functional Telugu and personality development. Realizing the potential for jobs in the retail sector, in 2018, a new course in retail management was introduced. The program was divided into four training cycles of three months each. The trainees were also provided capacity building through Yuva Josh Club and workshops conducted by TEA Cares Volunteers.

Sustainable Livelihood For Single Women (SLDC), Vattepally

Funding Agency: Islamic Relief, Canada

Start Year: 2017

No. of Direct Beneficiaries: 500 single women


Telangana has reported one of the highest crime rate against women for over a decade. Women are adversely affected by structural and systemic poverty, inequality and exclusion. Single women- deserted, divorced, separated, widows or women who are never married- often struggle with poverty, inequality and social stigma based on their identity and exclusion within their communities. They don’t have access to education or other opportunities of training to enhance their skills and primarily engage in the informal sector securing poor wages and dismal social protection mechanisms.

To address this situation, SAFA in collaboration with Islamic Relief- Canada implemented the SLDC project in 2017 to empower these women by increasing their livelihood options through entrepreneurship development and promoting access to their rights and entitlements. The overall project focuses on providing vocational training for single women and in turn engaging them with income generation activities simultaneously facilitating them in connecting to the various local government schemes.

Sai Livelihood Development Center

Funding Agency: Sai Life Sciences

Start Year: 2016

No. of Direct Beneficiaries: 600 women


Initiated with the objective of offering placement-oriented training in trades like tailoring and embroidery to women from marginalized segments of Shamirpet Mandal in Hyderabad. As women in this area are either illiterate & semi-illiterate or from migrated families. They have limited livelihood opportunities due to the same. Under this project, we train these women in different trades simultaneously working on building their capacity and linking them with employment opportunities either in our production units or help them in setting up their business.



Funding Agency: HSBC Skills For Life

Start Year: 2019

No. of Direct Beneficiaries: 300 youth annually

HSBC Skills for Life Programme is a commitment by the HSBC India that will focus on employment linked skill development of disadvantaged youth. In partnership with SWADES Foundation, anchoring at the National level, SAFA has been selected to implement this project in the Old city of Hyderabad. A new training centre at Dar-ul-Shifa, Hyderabad with a capacity of 100 Youth to be skilled in a cycle of 3 months, was set up by SAFA.

This is an 18 Month Programme, with a target of 400 youth to be skilled and linked with employment. With its major concentration on the youth belonging to the Old city and from Muslim minority groups; the project has considered a boon for many below poverty Line families.

Since the target area is cut off from the major developments of the city, this project acts as a platform to create new opportunities for the beneficiaries. And SAFA is proud to mention that, it’s a flagship project in this part of the city and one of a kind Training Centre.

The training is imparted with English as the medium of instruction and has Communicative English, IT and ITES with MS office training, Typing speed betterment with a Lab of 20 computer systems, Work and Interview readiness skills and Personality development skills wherein the candidates are made Employment ready.

Aajeevika, Hafeezpet


Funding Agency: Deloitte

Start Year: 2017

No. of Direct Beneficiaries: 320 women annually


SAFA in partnership with Deloitte and United Way of Hyderabad (UWH) started off project Aajeevika in 2017. Aajeevika endeavours to equip women with desirable skills in tailoring and to establish market linkages to improve the employability of women in order to provide them with fine placement. Under this project, we have train 320 women annually in tailoring, beauty & wellness, and ITES. Apart from training, we also focus on the capacity building of women through our Roshni club.

Social Enterprise (SE) Unit

Start Year: 2016

No. of Direct Beneficiaries: more than 80 women connected


Social Enterprise (SE) Unit is a production unit of SAFA where we have engaged and connect our trained women in tailoring with livelihood opportunities. We, presently, have a well-equipped SE unit in Darulshifa, with more than 80 trained women working there. These women manufacture eco-friendly products like jute bags, canvas bags, newspaper bags, fabric bags, jewellery (fabric & Lac). We intend to promote products that ensure a healthy environment and a better alternative to non-biodegradable products.

Integrated Women & Youth Development Project

Funding Agency: Tech Mahindra

No. of Direct Beneficiaries: 340 youth and women


The project trains aspiring & existing micro-entrepreneurs in the Entrepreneurship Development program & focuses on financial inclusion through SHG formation.