Empowering women in ways that minimise their vulnerability to exploitation, violence and abuse is at the heart of what SEED CSR aspires to do within communities. By spearheading projects that enhance the socio-economic condition of women, especially in rural areas, women-oriented projects are designed to reduce some of the inequities that exist for them within and outside their homes.

Using the channel of women Self Help Groups, SEED CSR provides them exposure, skills and wherewithal to connect with each other, build small savings through microcredit and other financial literacy options and build market linkages to sustain themselves economically. This paves the way for them to get empowered, having their voice heard and developed the confidence to stand on their feet.

Our intervention enables women to become self-reliant, develop inter-personal skills and recognize the importance of the role and the contribution they can make to society.

By forming SHGs, women become much more independent and are excited to have an alternative way of earning their livelihood. These women undergo skill enhancement training and pick up various trades such as tailoring, embroidery, mushroom cultivation, bag making, vermicomposting, pickle making, goat farming, handicraft, food processing, knitting. dairy farming, papad/pickle / vada making and broom-making among others, so they can sell their products in the market, aiming to earn livelihoods. The major process followed is training, market linkages and setting up microenterprises.

They are also made aware of how they can access market and negotiate the price of the goods they have painstakingly made. They enthusiastically participate in literacy classes to pick up the Alphabet & Numbers and gain practice by reading the newspaper. They are also given exposure to banks to learn and manage their financial transactions.

These women are also familiarised with microenterprises and taught how entrepreneurship could change their lives for the better. Also, women are imparted much-needed skill education, so they acquire sufficient knowledge and awareness about general health and hygiene issues. With the successful training, WSHGs’ are linked with banks through SHG bank account and with the market as well.

Skill Training of Rural Women at a village in Himachal Pradesh