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 initiated with a focus to empower and mobilize women into Self Help Groups (SHGs) and develop their capacities and skills for entrepreneurship.
During FY’23, 44 New SHGs (Self Help Groups) were formed taking the total to 504 SHGs, engaging 5389 women members. We are strengthening these 504 SHGs through regular meetings, bank linkages, connecting them to government schemes and thereby creating entrepreneurial opportunities. Another part of this project is Income Generation Activities (IGA) to provide sustainable livelihood opportunities to these women which engaged 1800 women in the year through various rounds of Capacity building trainings on SHG functioning, Financial & Entrepreneurship development and Legal Rights. 425 SHGs have been trained on financial literacy and Financial Inclusion of 150 SHGs has been done.
We established 7 microenterprise units with 12 products viz. Mural Art, Gonkra Folk Art, Clay Idols, Chattisa (local cuisine), Mushroom and Paper bags etc. Over 800 Women have been trained under these Micro Enterprises. SHG women have also grabbed numerous opportunities of participating at various platforms like National & International Exhibitions and have taken a leap towards green products.
On International Women’s Day “Unnati Utsav” was zestfully celebrated with 500+ community women, adolescent girls, and employees on the theme ‘#Embrace Equity’. Women participated in various community engagement and team building activities, it bonded all in solidarity towards a common goal of empowerment. Women also exhibited their entrepreneurship skills by setting up food stalls and the message of empowerment was spread through art & cultural performances. 13 zealous community members were recognized and felicitated who had contributed immensely for the development of the community in the areas of entrepreneurship, bringing social change and community leadership for benefit of all.
The project is currently being run in partnership with GPR Strategies & Solutions (GPRSS).