The Sambhali Trust, a non-profit organisation in Northern India, is looking for fashion and textiles students who would be interested in a charitable internship working with its skilled work force to create new designs for its collection.

The goals of the Sambhali Women Empowerment Policy are to bring about the advancement, development and empowerment of women. The objectives include: creating an environment through positive economic and social policies for the development of women to enable them to realize their full potential; help asset-less and marginalized women become economically self-reliant; offer access to health care, quality education, employment, equal compensation and social security. Alongside its other projects, one of its aims is the empowerment of women through free vocational training in sewing. With this training, some women choose to earn a living producing items for the trust’s boutique shop in Jodhpur (see the catalogue for information).

The Trust wants to increase its range of clothing to include a greater variety of items and styles and is seeking students interested in spending a summer in India working with its team to create new designs for the store.

As a small grassroots charity, the trust cannot offer any reimbursement but, if chance to work with a charity, using your skill set to help Indian women support themselves financially is reward enough, the team would love to hear from you. Any amount of time you’d like to commit would be hugely appreciated, though to experience the full process of designing and then teaching, a period of around 2 months is recommended.