The Swarna Chalasani Economic Empowerment Fund, which memorializes a young woman who lost her life in the attacks of September 11, 2001, strives to help women secure the resources they need to support themselves. Targeted particularly toward those who have survived domestic violence, the Fund distributes much-needed resources for vocational training. Survivors can apply for support twice per year; successful applicants receive an average award of $1,500.
The Swarna Chalasani Economic Empowerment Fund operates through the Economic Empowerment Program of Sakhi for South Asian Women. The program began as an outgrowth of the organization's economic justice project in the mid-1990s. Since that time it has helped numerous women acquire professional certifications, educate themselves, and develop the skills they need for independent living. In addition to financial support via the Swarna Chalasani Fund, the program also offers workshops, training programs, and case management services to survivors of domestic violence.