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BSWI's training network brings life-changing education on health, livelihoods and family finance to hundreds of adolescent girls and women in self-help groups across rural Bengal. BSWI provides 100% of its loans to women, who are most in need of financial services. BSWI intends to create growing opportunities for adolescent girls through elementary education and vocational training project to help 2000 poor deprived tribal adolescent girls equipped with business skills and school educacation.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Tribal girls in rural India have adult responsibilities, but no authority. Arranged marriages as young as age 12 are still happening in abandon. Discrimination, abuse, and deeply entrenched attitudes combine to deprive girls of education, health care, and support. This project gives girls practical decision-making skills and vital information about their health and finances, while increasing their solidarity with other girls and women, who do not have access to many business that men do.

How will this project solve this problem?

Microloans create opportunities for women to flourish. With a small loan of only $100 - $ 200, a woman can buy a cow to sell milk, or purchase material to sew and sell saris, which helps provide for her family's needs and unveil her limitless potential. BSWI trains local village women to equip self-help groups of daughters and mothers with practical skills and vital information on health and money management. Girls and women then share what they learn with others, multiplying positive outcomes.

Potential Long Term Impact

BSWI will equip 2000 very poor tribal girls and women with life changing education to protect their health, improve their income and manage their money. Through Sollidarity Groups and microloans, women learn new skills creating lasting economic development, a network of support, and financial independence for the first time in their lives. Women's power will rise and they will not compel down to the demand of having more children, education and empowerment will strengthen their will power.

Funding Information

This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.

Additional Documentation

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Kolkata, West Bengal India

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