Evidence from studies on women economic empowerment suggests that when women have a larger role in decision-making, household well-being improves. Understanding patterns influencing women empowerment in urban rural areas is therefore important. We find links between empowerment, age, education and proximity to a city. Age and education are associated with higher empowerment. Remoteness is associated with lower opportunities for women. In our effort towards enabling livelihoods for women in disadvantaged situations we at Sackhumvit have taken up the initiative where we design products for sale, train and equip women with the knowledge and skills to earn an income. We are in the process of setting up an office space for inventory storage and a display section of the products crafted by them. We will also assist in acquiring a customer base. These programs are structured to help women regain a sense of self-worth and confidence and expand economic opportunities. Abida says “My life has changed a lot since I joined the training programs at the Centre. I have a skill now, so I can earn more money to support my family. I am so thankful to the trust and I want to learn more skills”.