Empowering 50 women entrepreneurs to beat poverty

by iPartner India
Empowering 50 women entrepreneurs to beat poverty
Empowering 50 women entrepreneurs to beat poverty
Empowering 50 women entrepreneurs to beat poverty
Empowering 50 women entrepreneurs to beat poverty
Empowering 50 women entrepreneurs to beat poverty
Empowering 50 women entrepreneurs to beat poverty

Project Report | Nov 15, 2022
Empowering 50 women entrepreneurs to beat poverty

By Sumedha Sharma | Project Leader

Dear Global Givers,

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.

With deep gratitude,
Team iPartner India

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iPartner India

Location: London, Greater London - United Kingdom
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @ipartnerindia
Project Leader:
Bina Rani
London , London United Kingdom

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