Thank you for your recent donation to GlobalGiving to support our campaign where we are working with 50 rural women entrepreneurs to help them overcome poverty.
The campaign has taken off well and although iPartner India has not been able to raise enough funds online, we are happy to have the support of offline donors who have made it possible for our team to take up the initiatives mentioned below;
A woman from a marginalized community in Rajasthan had to shut her shop due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Her children also dropped out of school. Through this campaign and the support provided to her through the Self Help Group (SHG), she has been able to open a grocery store in her village to sustain her family. Her children have also started going to school again. (case study presented below)
15 women from the resource-poor community attended 3 days of training at Central Sheep Wool Research Institute (CSWRI) in Rajasthan on maintenance of the goatry units. Participants received guidance improvising breeding and caring for the goats. The women need funds to establish their own goatry unit. This will help them to become financially self-sufficient.
In West Bengal, 60 women were connected with skill training opportunities. Women were exposed to several skills and business opportunities such as Baking/Cooking: Two events and meetings were held for this exposure. Subsequently, women have got catering orders for events from the community and outsiders. One woman has set up her food stall in the community.
Women have also been introduced to ceramic pottery through an exposure visit to a woman entrepreneur. Women are being encouraged to take it up as a profession and set up a unit for marketing their products.
Eight women have also been connected to a partner organisation and are undergoing training to become professional chauffeurs.
Several discussions with the Paints Council of India have been held. To date, 20 women have registered to undertake training for the government-certified wall painting course.
Story from the field
Meena is a resident of Ramjipura and has 6 members in her family. She has 3 daughters and a son. Her husband works as a casual labourer and finds it difficult to get regular employment. When Covid hit, Meena had to shut her shop permanently. She took subsequent loans to sustain the family during Covid. Her 3 children had to drop out of school because they could not afford to pay school fees.
Meena became a part of the Self-Help Group (SHG) set up at Ramjipura. The SHG helped her to believe in herself and Meena once again started saving money through SHG. Within a few months, the women of the Self-help group motivated her to open a general store once again. With the support of Rs.25,000/- she was able to reopen her shop. With the reopening of the shop, she has been able to earn approximately INR 200 per day. According to Meena “Meri 3 bacchiyan wapas se padhai karne lagi hai dukaan ki kamayi se” (My three girls have started going to school again because of the income from the shop). She is simultaneously saving money to increase the number of items in the shop.
In each of the projects and its components, iPartner India is committed to promoting women entrepreneurs. We will continue to do so in the future through your support. These women have much more potential to achieve their dream if they are given the right opportunity and the financial support to start an enterprise. We believe that through this campaign, we will achieve in making these women economically self-reliant and become earning members of their families.
Thank you, Global Givers for your continued support in our endeavor to empower women.
Here’s an update from our current project where 50 rural women entrepreneurs who have been shortlisted for training to help them become economically self-sufficient.
During this period we are happy to share that the baseline survey has been completed for the shortlisted women. Regular interaction and meetings are organised with other women entrepreneurs. This helps in keeping the new batch of women motivated and helps to create a safe space to come together.
Many women have shown keen interest in taking part in the training. However, the funds raised are limited and we are waiting for more funds so that the first batch of the training can begin. Once the training starts, the training will be conducted by an external facilitator on educating women on rural sales and marketing. Our team have also started exploring linkages with regional e-commerce companies as a sustainability strategy. The credit linkages are already established at the local level and can be availed by the women post the training for their business expansion.
The pandemic had a crippling effect on the rural economies across developing nations. In particular, rural women have been disproportionately affected by the resulted socio-economic hardships. Rural women (women farmers, agriculture entrepreneurs, labour) were severely impacted. In addition, the pandemic also widened the gender pay gap in the farming sector. Rural women continue to play a crucial role in agriculture and are responsible for household food security in their communities. Their participation helps in achieving economic, environmental, and social changes required for the sustainable development of an economy.
To empower these women, we need your continued support and help them become economically self-sustained so that they are able to supplement their family income and help them have a say in important family decisions.
We hope that with your support, together we will be able to witness a new generation of empowered rural women entrepreneurs.
We are happy to present a brief update on how your support is crucial in empowering women entrepreneurs to become self-reliant.
While most people’s lives and work have been negatively affected by the crisis, McKinsey analysis shows that, overall, women’s jobs and livelihoods are more vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Your support has been helpful in identifying the women in villages who have shown interest in building their entrepreneurship skills. Currently, 50 women have been shortlisted for the training on the basis of the following criteria:
Literate and studied at least till 8th standard
Active and aware of basic financial knowledge
Have been active participants of group meetings at the village level
Ready to move into other cities for training and marketing
Expressed interest in local business and product
Post identification of entrepreneurs, iPartner India is in the process of organising the baseline survey to collect the data on various indicators such as the number of households in the village, village population, internet connectivity, education, accessibility to smartphones, literacy and communication skills, seed investment, an alternate source of income, if any. The baseline survey would help in assessing the increase in income of women post-training and entrepreneurship development.
The overall objective of the Entrepreneurship Development and Business Management training is to enhance entrepreneurial and business management skills as well as business plan preparation skills of the entrepreneur/women, individually so that they could set up, start, run business in a sustainable manner. With your support, we are committed to raise more funds to begin the training of selected women. From the batch trained earlier, one woman has started running her own fancy store in the village. Apart from this, 24 women who were trained have started selling sanitary pads resulting in increased income on a regular basis. Women from the earlier batch have also initiated a local spice and snacks making unit.
We are hopeful that the current batch for which funds are being raised would showcase immense talent and skills in pursuing entrepreneurship opportunities.
Thank you, Global Givers! We look forward to your continued support.
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