Impacting the lives of women through value chains

Udyogini aims to help poor, illiterate women by providing them the right opportunities, training, business development services to help them manage and grow microenterprises, increase productivity and ensure sustainability.
Business services help engage rural women in products and service based enterprises that have high market potential, realistic investments and require optimum skills. Business services identified from value chain analysis of selected enterprises are provided to women to engage and scale up the enterprises. In later stages producers are enabled to form and strengthen producer institutions to efficiently manage backend and forward operations for the enterprises.

Udyogini strongly believes in the transformative approach to economic empowerment in new market conditions while empowering women to adopt differential roles the market expects and internalize and manage the competition that market engenders. Value chains are the competitive mechanisms currently operating in major agricultural and industrial products in the era of globalization where the products and their markets are spread across regions and nations.

The benefits of transformative approach is revealed in the fact that Udyogini has directly impacted 35776 women and their families through value chains (such as lac, vegetables, herbs and poultry) that show potential for scale in difficult market conditions in remote districts of four Indian states (Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan) that are affected by poverty, conflict or climate challenges and broken enterprise ecosystems.

The details have been taken from their website and Annual Report
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Author: Digital Empowerment Foundation
Category: Uncategorized
Date: April 21, 2016

MNREGA completes 10 years. A few women explain how it worked for them!

The world’s biggest public works programme completes 10 years this month. The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act was enacted in September 2005, with the purpose of guaranteeing 100 days of employment in villages to any household willing to do manual work at minimum wage. It started from 200 districts in February the next year. Under this law, any adult residing in the rural parts can demand work from the government and is entitled to get it within 15 days. If the government fails in this duty, the worker is entitled to an unemployment allowance. Over its life, MNREGA has had many successes, particularly the way it has benefited women workers.
Read here: www.scroll.in/article/803125/the-soul-of-women-and-life-of-the-poor-five-women-explain-why-mnrega-works-for-them

Author: Digital Empowerment Foundation
Category: DEF, NEWS
Date: February 23, 2016