As part of a woman’s empowerment program, a tailoring program was started at the TNF Center in 2005. A full-time instructor employed by TNF has trained more than 500 women from economically disadvantaged areas. The training has helped many women get employment in garment shops. Since 2012, sewing machines have been provided to the women.
In March 2012, TNF Chennai received a Vocational Training Provider Certificate from the central government in Delhi. This certificate and registration with the government allows TNF Chennai to provide a government-approved certificate to those who finish the course. This official certificate opens many doors for job opportunities. This tailoring program is scalable in rural areas of Tamil Nadu.
In 2017, the training was expanded to include embroidery and power machines and the first batch of 15 women completed a 3-month training course offered free, thanks to the generosity of the American Tamil community.