Center for Business and Entrepreneurship
Project for Rural women
VRDC has always cherished the goal of all-round personality development of rural women. It envisages a rural women as "A complete woman" a woman with confidence and creativity, a woman intellectually alert and physically strong, a woman with broadened outlook and sensible approach to all her surroundings, a women well-aware of her familial and social responsibilities, in short a woman of substance and a master of her own life.
In this regard VRDC values her economic creativeness and freedom very much. Her capability of generating some income of her own goes a long way in making her a complete women.
our field workers from the Mawal region of Pune district have taken great initiative in fulfilling this objective of VRDC. On 14th November 2001, a business center was inaugurated at Somatane by our Swiss friend and well-wisher, Mme. Annette Etienne. Here, women from surrounding villages can have the benefit of undergoing trainings of small trades and skills, and of getting first hand experience of marketing their products, such as home grown vegetables, homemade eatables, garments, candles, artificial jewellery, detergents etc. A weekly sale is arranged here. Also, some local experts are invited to conduct short-term courses, such as Rangoli, Mehandi, Beauty treatment, tye and dye art on cotton cloth, tailoring, knitting and embroidery and many more things.
Now this center has a team of such trainers of its own. These trainers visit the neighboring blocs to import these trainings.
The name of courses conducted by them are as follows:
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Sr. No. Name of course
1. Mehandi, Rangoli, soft toys
2. Beauty parlor
3. candle making
5. Greeting cards
7. Paper bags
8. Pearl jewellery
9. Homemade eats
10. Chalks, perfumes
12. Choir Doormats
13. Beauticians advance course
The women from Mawal region are participating enthusiastically in this new venture. people from surrounding areas are regularly visiting the weekly Bazaar, and then replicating this activity in their own areas. Many women have started their own enterprise, thereby earning some money of their own.
Our supervisor in this zone, Ms. Kalpana Gunaki, has been visiting our other zones like Sangamner, Jejuri etc. and has been talking to the workers there about her experiences regarding this project. So this projects is taking its roots in those zones also.
Along with the enthusiasm and enterprise of these women, a steady supply of capital funds is needed for running this project smoothly.
VRDC feels obliged to provide moral and monetary support to this venture With their improved economic status, they seen to be devoting more confidently and enthusiastically to their main work. e.g. running Balwadis and Hobby classes.