The Women Empowerment project is dedicated to the social and economic upliftment of the rural women. This initiative was started by the Trust’s former Chairman, Late. Shri Arvind Mafatlal.
EDIBLE CONSUMER PRODUCTS:
The village women are organized into Self Help Groups called Samitis, which are collectively engaged in making household products like papad, pickles, masala, khakra and chawanprash. These products are retailed through a store run within the Trust’s campus and are also outsourced to other towns and villages. This has not only given financial independence to the samiti women but has empowered them. The samiti women earn between Rs. 1800/- and Rs. 2000/- per month and maintain their earnings in saving bank accounts.
TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT IN HEALTH CARE SERVICES:
In order to generate employment opportunities, village women in the age group of 18-25 years are given free primary health care training by the Trust. The Trust also caters for free boarding and lodging during the training period. This project was launched to foster independence and self-reliance among the young village women. On completion of their training, some are absorbed in the Trust’s hospitals (Janikikund Chikitsalaya and Sadguru Netra Chikitsalaya) as Assistants in Wards, Operation Theatre and Community Health Programs and the remaining get employment in local clinics and in community programs undertaken by local NGOs.
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