Economic development of poor women through small business

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16, Balu Nagar, Bhuvangiri, Chidambram, Taluk, Cuddalore district, Tamilandu.
IN India
Web http://www.swead.org/
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In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

Generating livelihood opportunities for widows/single/disabled/rural poor women - High school education arrangements for drop outs and non school going adolescent girls. - Enhancing dignity and participation of women in family and community decision. - Stopping girl-child marriage

What is the social value of this project? Edit

Project will directly benefit 20 poor women to get start their own IGA i.e. income generating activities vis-à-vis sponsor 12 adolescent girls (school drop outs and non school going) for higher education by each grant of GBP 1520. (As explained in detail in paragraphs above). By IGA woman economic condition improves and her say and dignity in the family as well as in the society improves. Also we have noticed that by enhanced income, woman emphasizes on girls education on priority basis.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

Socio Economic empowerment of widows/single/disabled/rural poor women and educating drop out, non school going adolescent girls for higher education.

The project directly contributes in poverty alleviation by promoting IGA and livelihood opportunity to women. Generally rural poor women are financially very weak and are not supposed bankable. The project provides micro-credit facility to them. Also it sponsors poor girls for high school education by the interest amount. High school education is another step towards confidence building and opening doors for jobs and employment.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

The main problem with single women (widow, unmarried girls due to dowry problem, disabled girls) and unemployed young women in the project villages is that they are very much neglected in the family and have problem of surviving. If they want do some income generation activity , they have no capital. Due to poor condition, the banks also do not provide credit. The major cause for such a situation is that all the women in the villages are primarily dependent upon their husband/father and on rain fed agriculture for their sustenance. There is no irrigation facility in villages of Melbhuvangiri block of Cuddalore district of Tamilnadu . 60% women and girls are illiterate. The agriculture has now become uncertain because of climate change & untimely rainfall. This ultimately leads them to sit idle or to migrate to distant places in search of livelihoods as labor or maid servant, where they get further exploited. Girls on the other hand are allowed to study till primary level and get drop out after it. It is because; the government primary schools are in their villages only up to class 5th. It is free and books are also given free of cost by the government. The high schools are only 3 to 4 in number in a block (amongst 200 to 300 villages) and situated about 3 to 5 kilometers from the village near block-headquarter or near market area. High school education is costly because of costlier books and some fee in the school. Poor parents hence do not send their girls to high school. There are also no public transport in the villages nor are pitch roads. Hence parents do not allow their daughters to go far on foot due to fear of rape and bad law & order situation. Till they pass 5th, they become adolescent and are married thereafter by the age of 14-16 years. The major cause for this is lack of money and a narrow attitude of parents towards girls. All the girls who are withdrawn from schools are made to work at their respective houses in cooking food, looking after kids and doing other house hold work. It is other way of child labor in her own house. Finally they are married at a very early age for which they are neither prepared physically nor psychologically. Therefore it has been proposed that through Padem , Luxembourg kind support,

What is the business model of this project? Edit

Project will directly benefit 20 poor women to get start their own IGA i.e. income generating activities vis-à-vis sponsor 12 adolescent girls (school drop outs and non school going) for higher education by each grant of GBP 1520. (As explained in detail in paragraphs above). By IGA woman economic condition improves and her say and dignity in the family as well as in the society improves. Also we have noticed that by enhanced income, woman emphasizes on girls education on priority basis.
Reason for selecting small business
Today there is very high demand of manmade materials in market. There are various types of handicraft materials which attracts to the people. We will give training in handicraft materials, how to make them cheaply, use of house hold raw materials for handicraft making, etc. There are 50 women who will take the training.
Paper Carry Bag & Cup Manufacturing, Artificial Jewels Making, Jute Bag Making shop, tea-stall and Masala (chilly , papad, pickle etc)


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