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  project name ~ Self Employed Women''s Association

category ~ Women Empowerment




  Project Name


Self Employed Women''s Association



Self Employed Women Association



Women Empowerment







  Budget Approved


Rs 400000


  Year Approved







1   2  

  Chapter Coordinators


Roli Khare


New York










Purpose- The project focuses on building capacity of informal sector women working in organic farming , organizing them and promoting women led institution to address the core issues of vulnerability and invisibility leading to socio economic empowerment. In the context of Almora, the empowerment of women workers will be done through creation of producer groups and federation.





Time Frame- The project time span is three years from August 2012 - August 2015 covering a total of 100 villages in 3 blocks of Almora district in Uttarakhand benefitting 1500 women. Project Focus- The project aims at: Institution building at the local level which would be owned, controlled and managed by poor women from the trade and supported by SEWA. The institution would gain support from SEWA in organizing more women workers, building the managerial capacity, requisite linkages and associations for skill building and access to credit and exploring a viable markets for the products. Capacity and Skill Development strategy- One of the major components of any programme initiated by SEWA is capacity building. SEWA Bharat would undertake regular community meetings with women beneficiaries from the project and train them on SEWA’s ideology, the importance of unionizing and collective strength, motivation for leadership development and information on government functioning and rights based knowledge. Trade related skill building would be taken up on institution building, effective enterprise management, market knowledge and access and technical updates through exposure visits. Women members would benefit from technical trainings from agricultural universities, Organic Certification Boards, Krishi Anusandhan Kendras and RUDI (SEWA Farmers’ enterprise), Gujarat, Ruaab Producers’ Company in Delhi. Capacity building and skill development would be integrated in the project as a separate activity throughout the course of three years.





Rationale- institutionalization of income generating activities, increases the bargaining power of the members in the market, enhances their skills while making them employable and allows streamlined management that results in better income for the stakeholders. Economic empowerment of women through skill development and market access and their representation in demanding their rights leads to enhanced position in their household. Access to financial system, worker benefits and social protection measures provides safaguards against exploitation.



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