Women empowerment is the basis stepping stone to an empowered society. We form SHGs (Self Help Group) and conduct regular meetings and training for inculcating habits of saving and its linkage with credit institutions and banks. In addition to that we organize skill enhancement training for their income generation.
We celebrate World Women Day with high enthusiasm and involvement of women from our rural community and make them aware about self-pride, rights and role in the development of their family, village and our nation.
GHCL Foundation Trust has a long standing mandate to work on issues of Women. Under this programme we have reached out to women in numerous villages in the Gir-Somnath and Valsad districts.
Women in Sutrapada: A total of 460 women in 32 Self Help Groups in 9 villages of Sutrapada were offered training programmes on various Income Generating trades. This included preparation of the Door Mats; Pickle, Bakery Items and Handicraft items. A few women have started their own small scale enterprises.
Women in Bhilad: Drinking Water Programme, Sanitation Programme and also the Skill Development Programme have been taken up to address issues connected to women. However, a very special focus to institutionalize the empowerment project has been initiated at Bhilad since last one year.
Women staying in the three project villages of GHCL Foundation Trust have got organized together under small savings groups. These groups meet at regular intervals and have been doing their savings and internal credit operations. Efforts to build the capacity of the group functionaries in management of books of accounts have been made by GHCL Foundation trust during the year. A total of 200 women are now members of this savings and credit groups.
The women’s groups today also have initiated with Support from GHCL Foundation various other activities. An important one had been the Skill enhancement initiative. The Village Level Income Generating Training Camps provides women and girls in the villages with skills on tailoring. 6 batches of such trainings (3 each in two village’s viz. Karambela and Valvada) have provided 106 women with tailoring inputs. One of the women now after receiving the inputs has decided to join the company and earn for the household. The purpose of these camps at the villages is to provide for such skills which will help the women to find vocations within their own village. Efforts will be made to help these women start their own enterprise and to make this happen, advanced level inputs are being planned for a few women who are now interested in undergoing the same.
Women (particularly girls) who dropped out of schooling after their tenth and twelfth grade are provided with a coaching support for completing their academic programmes beyond the twelfth grade. In association with SNDT women’s university a centre at Bhilad runs for 4 girls who have enrolled in the distance mode graduation courses at SNDT University. All these four girls are engaged as employees in the weaving and stitching department of GHCL Textile division at Bhilad. GHCL Foundation believes that education and achieving academic qualification will help women gain recognition in their life and will add to their empowered status in the family and in the society at large.