Project Prabhat : Empowering Communities

Viji Livelihood

For Viji, a homemaker from Hosur, Tamil Nadu, the expenses of managing a six-member family on a single income was always a cause for worry. With three growing children making ends meet was a struggle.

Viji always sought opportunities to improve her family’s income. The Assistant Beauty Therapist course at the local Prabhat Livelihood Centre offered her the perfect opportunity to enhance her livelihood.

After completing her training at the centre, Viji set up shop at home. She offered basic beauty services, bringing in a few thousand rupees. Finally, her family began to see merit in her work and helped her apply for a loan to start a beauty parlour.

With several regular clients at her parlour, Viji’s business is running well. Their family income has tripled now.

Today, Viji has a team of six students at the parlour who help her manage the clients while she trains them. Viji aims to expand her parlour and offer advanced services to clients.

About Project Prabhat:

Project Prabhat, the *USLP-linked community development initiative of Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL), aims to build sustainable and inclusive communities around HUL sites. In the last five years, through focussed efforts on enhancing livelihood, water conservation and health & well-being, it has touched 2.95 million lives across 30+ locations and has over 5000 HUL employee volunteers involved in it.

*About the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP):

The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) is our blueprint for achieving our vision to grow our business, whilst decoupling our environmental footprint from our growth and increasing our positive social impact. The Plan sets stretching targets, including how we source raw materials and how consumers use our brands. The plan has three big goals:

  • Improving health & well-being for more than 1 billion
  • Reducing environmental impact by ½
  • Enhancing Livelihoods for millions

Read about the USLP

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