Women’s empowerment is defined as promoting women’s sense of self-worth, their ability to determine their own choices, and their right to influence socio-economic change for themselves and others. Keeping this in mind, Project Unnati was initiated in 2016 with a focus to empower and mobilize women into Self Help Groups (SHGs) and develop their capacities and skills for entrepreneurship.
In FY’22 Unnati constitutes of 458 SHGs with membership of 5066 women from 45 villages. Another part of this project is Income Generation Activities (IGA) to provide sustainable livelihood opportunities to these women which engaged 961 women in the year.
On occasion of International Women’s Day “Unnati Mahotsav” celebrated with community women on the them #breakthebias. Event celebrated with participation of 400+ SHG women from 45 communities with enthusiastic performances by women and girls depicting local dance forms and plays on social issues. Other highlight of the program was, Balco recognizing the efforts of 3 State Level achievers, Amita Shriwas (Mountaineering), Ankita Gupta (Mountaineering) and Tulika Pandey (Entrepreneurship) & 10 Local Level Women/Girl Achievers who have achieved significant positions by breaking the biases or done innovative work in social space. The event included Stalls having products by SHG groups, Farmers Groups, and Government also on Legal aid for women and Women Health etc. were put on display.
The project is currently being run in partnership with GPR Strategies & Solutions.