One of the greatest needs of the disabled in India is economic sustenance. The government provides Rs.400 (less than $10) as a monthly pension.
Numerous physical and social barriers prevent many of the disabled.
Numerous physical and social barriers prevent many of the disabled from finding a decent job. Some are left with no other option but beggary. Life is particularly hard on the rural disabled where agricultural jobs are labor intensive.
OEI views handicraft production as an ideal means to help the disabled supplement their incomes and provide for themselves. Once learned, the handicrafts can be made at home. The various stitches and designs are appealing both locally and abroad.
OEI has its own handicraft training and production unit which focuses on disabled young women from the rural areas who are particularly vulnerable to economic difficulties. Once trained, these young women find their jobs liberating and a tremendous sense of accomplishment is attained. OEI sells it own products and the products of other rehabilitation centers through its business, Equip INDIA Handicrafts.