Founded in 2002, the Swarna Chalasani Economic Empowerment Fund is part of Sakhi’s program to empower women, helping them to escape the binds of violence. The Swarna Fund provides scholarships to help women further their education and professional advancement. Its scholarship grants assist women who might otherwise have difficulty obtaining the funds needed to further their ability to obtain gainful employment. The fund's ultimate goal is to provide these victims of domestic violence with a path to financial security and a way out of their dangerous situations.
In addition to paying for tuition, the Swarna Chalasani Economic Empowerment Fund's grants cover the cost of books and supplies, advanced certification charges, and in some instances childcare and transportation expenses. The Swarna Fund provides renewable support allowing victims to complete bachelor’s and even master’s degrees on their way to self-sufficiency.