Lucknow Mahila Sewa Trust

Micro Finance Programme

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.

Sustainable Employment

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.
  • Craft Development Centre
    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.
    • Provide managerial support.
    • The centre provides its members with information pertaining to raw material procurement.
    • Training programmes and design trends to enable the former to upgrade their products and enhance their receptivity in the market. Women workers are also imparted training to augment their managerial and financial skills through participation in various workshops and conferences.

  • Wehandicrafts & Craft net Foundation
    Wehandicrafts 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.

  • Artisans Identity Cards
    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.

  • Marketing
    • Saebaan helps the women in marketing as with the market, with traditional crafts like Chikan, Zardozi, Kundan Jewellery, appliqué etc. becoming more and more competitive. Saebaan allows the women to directly sell their hand-made and traditional products in the open market of finished goods through exhibition.
    • LMST endorsed its presence in the craft exhibitions held in Delhi, Bombay, Kanpur and in few other cities, through its Zari Chikan women artisan members. It also took part in Lucknow Festival.
    • We link our artisan’s members to different boutiques of metropolitan cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi. From these boutiques they are getting sustainable employment throughout the year.

  • Capacity Building Exercises
    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:

    • Providing Basic Literacy to its members.
    • Facilitating constant up gradation of skills and designs among artisans.
    • Training women workers to function as barefoot managers.
    • Providing Leadership Training to members and staff.
    • Spear Head Training
    • Providing Pre-Federation Training.

    All the capacity building and training Programmes are participatory in nature and consist of games and cultural shows apart from the educative sessions.
Social Security
Women workers of the informal economy are the poorest and most exploited. Often women cannot work due to biological circumstances like pregnancy, maternity etc. They are exploited economically. While organizing women workers we have identified the areas wherein women face increased vulnerability and risks. Poor women need support to tackle this crisis. LMST is operational for providing RSBY to its members.

Costruction Worker Welfare Board

LMST organized Camps, Melas, Puppet Shows at brick kilns, Labour Adda, Labour Basti to aware its member about benefit of registering under welfare Board for Construction workers and assisted in registration process and facilitated benefits to them through networking with Labour department.


LMST facilitated opening of Primary school with the help of its trained leaders in the Umra village of Barabanki district, 120 children of nearby village are benefited. Literacy campaign was launched for women artisans of the area.

Health Care

The LMST regularly undertakes the following healthcare activities:
  • Awareness Campaigns LMST with the help of Government and Private hospitals organize awareness camp for their members for their personal hygiene, cleanliness and making them aware of various other diseases like AIDS, Communicable diseases, malaria etc.
  • Training Programme These are organized to provide training in primary health care to Organizers, SHGs members midwives with various Government run health programmes.
  • Health Services LMST members are entitled to various health care services available at Private and government hospitals.
Table showing activities organized to provide Health Services by LMST

Linkage with Government Policies

One of the objectives of LMST is to influence government policy in favour of women workers in the unorganized sector, as ignorance and lengthy legal procedures often deprive these women from deriving benefits from the existing and the prospective government schemes.

Peace and Social Cohesion

LMST has constituted Neighborhood Harmony committees in the community with the aim of promoting harmony among the communities and groups. LMST organizes social and cultural Programmes, Mushaira, wall writing, Debate, Competition, meeting with members, meeting with teachers and school children etc. Neighborhood Communal Harmony Committee.

Research study
  • Socio – economic study on Domestic workers of Lucknow
  • Base line survey of Natpurva village, Block Sandila, Hardoi
  • Socio – economic study on Lucknow Chikan Craft
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