Lucknow Mahila Sewa Trust
About Us

An overwhelming majority of Indian working population is employed in the unorganized sector.
Women employed in this sector are self employed, casual, contract, temporary, seasonal or migrant workers. The Self Employed Women Association is a labor union of poor self-employed women workers functioning in the unorganized sector. Formed in Gujarat, in 1972 SEWA has made rapid moves towards organizing these women in Gujarat. Following its success, the demand for creation of similar organization was voiced in other states too. In response to this demand Lucknow Mahila Sewa Trust (LMST) started its operations in Uttar Pradesh and is registered under the Societies Registration Act of 1860 and under The Indian Trusts Act of 1882.
LMST is a non-profit, non-governmental civil society oraganisation, which believes in participatory approaches and practices participatory methodologies for empowering self-eLMST conducts programs for the deprived sections thus they can come up to the mainstream of the society. The entire LMST activities have emerged and evolved in direct response to members needs.mployed women. Our organization is strongly based on democratic principles and explicitly follows Gandhian principles of Satya (truth), Ahimsa (non-violence), Sarva Dharma (Integration of all faiths) and Khadi (Propogation of Self employment).
Primary Area of Focus

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.


LMST strives for a society free from all sorts of discriminations and exploitations faced by women .


Organizing underprivileged women on the basis of their livelihood, so as to enable their strength. To guide and help them achieve self-reliance through self-employment.

The present projects are underway in various districts of Lucknow, Barabanki, Sitapur, Hardoi , Unnao, Kanpur, Raebarelly in U.P. and cover around 35 slums and more than 725 villages with population of more than 1,27,000 members.


We adopt strategies of struggle and development through the joint action of members. LMST uses participatory approach for the achievement of women’s rights and to build a mass movement of the unorganized sector. The organizational strategy of LMST comprises of the following major components:

  • Organizing and strengthening various groups for influencing policies in favor of the self employed women workers in rural and urban areas.
  • Promoting and conceptualizing innovative ideas, which would stimulate changes within the society.
  • Capacity building for empowering women workers.
  • Creation of trade federations to support and to help expand activities of LMST.
  • Organizing self-employed women in rural and urban areas to form self-help savings groups which will lead towards their upliftment in society and economic self-sufficiency
  • Creating livelihood opportunities.
  • Conducting research and studies on the issues/topics related to self-employed women (i.e., health problems, lack of regular work, illiteracy, etc.)
Target Groups:

Our programmes and policies are aimed towards the benefit of all women working in the unorganized sector in this part of the country. LMST also works for the betterment of their dependents. Three main target groups are:
  • Home based workers
  • Hawkers & Vendors
  • Manual Labourers & Service Providers
Geographical Area

The organization has not confined itself in the state level boundaries although the current project area comprises several districts of Uttar Pradesh.

Area of Operation

The organization is presently working in Lucknow, Barabanki, Sitapur, Hardoi , Unnao, Kanpur,Raebarelly districts of districts of U.P covering 35 slums and more than 725 villages with population of more than1,27,000 members.


The Programme and activities of LMST are managed and coordinated by the management committee of the Trust. The committee consists of grass root members from the community.

The executive committee of the SEWU is manifestation of this concept. It consists of five members elected from every 200 members who constitute the mohalla/village committee.

. A union executive committee and its members are elected every three years. Comprise the President, Vice President, General Secretary, Joint Secretary and the treasurer, who are chosen by consensus in the general body meeting. The Executive body selects and appoints staff for implementing programs.

The General body consists of all the members of the organisation spread across several villages/ Mohalla’s in five districts of U.P.
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