Dalit women (Dalit- The Untouchables) in Maruprolu palem village of Bapatla Mandal, Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh, India constitute 50%, and more than 90% are illiterate. They are economically at the bottom of the ladder compared to the other women, working as agricultural labors, Brick Kiln Labors, fisher- folks, and manual scavengers and they are dependent mainly on daily wages and rains for farming their fields, necessitating their children to work even at the age of 5 years in the fields.
To lessen the above said problems, CARDS has formulated this project for the Socio Economic Development of the marginalized Dalits women in the above said village. The key areas for the development chosen are Dalit women economic empowerment, education, and health for the overall betterment of the community. The activities will focus mainly on the functional literacy and employable skills trainings facilitating with a revolving fund to make the women self reliant and self sustaining.
The proposed activities are formulated to empower the marginalized Dalit women through trainings to increase levels of literacy, self employment, create their own income-generating activities, and and reduce migration. Self-help groups will be formed in which women independently establish micro units that manage profit-making programs essential for the sustainable growth.