John Lewis Foundation
The John Lewis Foundation was launched in 2010. It funds projects based in our supplier communities overseas with a particular focus on India as a key sourcing country. Following a pilot in 2013 with Geosansar, the Foundation has committed to investing in further financial literacy training and access to bank savings accounts for factory workers in Delhi. The aim of the project is to empower workers to plan and control their finances.
The Foundation also began a project in 2012 in conjunction with Care and Fair to build and establish a girl’s school in the rug weaving area of Uttar Pradesh, one of the poorest areas in India. The first stage was completed in July 2014 opening with 80 girls. The school is aimed at providing education to the children from the families of weavers. The school now supports 160 girls with the second year starting in July 2015. In 2016 an impact assessment will be undertaken to measure the success of the Foundation’s investment.