Make Rural Women Self-Reliant Through Entrepreneurship
There are approximately 7 crore rural households living below the poverty line in India. In TIDE's experience, many women from these households are entrepreneurial, have strong survival instincts and a deep desire to come out from their cycle of poverty. However, the infrastructure and institutional mechanisms required for creating, nurturing and sustaining micro-enterprises in rural areas are not fully in place. Livelihood opportunities need to be expanded and diversified. Additionally, aspiring women entrepreneurs face social and cultural barriers which need to be addressed.
TIDE’s work in technology based micro-entrepreneurship for rural women has proven to be a successful model in this area. TIDE's Women's Technology Park (WTP) , a 2-acre residential training centre is a hub for these activities.
Over 2,500 women have been trained in livelihood skills by TIDE, covering various technologies like stove construction, solar-cum-biomass drying, areca leaf sheath products, value added products from millets, greenhouse horticulture, nursery, vermi-composting and paper bag making. Some of these women have gone on to become leaders, like Lalitha Bai, a TIDE trained Stove Builder who won the CII Women Exemplar Award. (http://niti.gov.in/writereaddata/files/new_initiatives/Women_Empowerment_7Sep2016_3.pdf)
TIDE is developing WTP as an rural outreach-cum-incubation centre and as a safe place for women to develop their entrepreneurial skills.
Year on year, TIDE, through its Women's Technology Park (WTP), trains and helps incubate hundreds of women-led micro enterprises. 20 enterprises in Areca leaf sheath products and 10 in ragi products have been incubated by TIDE in the last 2 years with profits ranging from Rs 2,000 to Rs 20,000 per month. School children visit WTP and learn about environment-friendly technologies. Visitors from other NGOs, civil society organisations and Government visit WTP to learn from our model. Corporate volunteers visit for community engagement and mutual learning.
Read a case study of success here: https://sggsc.blog/2018/03/12/societe-generale-gsc-csr-impact-story-from-agricultural-labourer-to-a-successful-micro-entrepreneur/