With the aim of helping nation-building and empowering the rural economy, Hindustan Zinc, claimed to be the only integrated producer of zinc-lead and silver as part of its micro-initiative. business – Sakhi Utpadan Samiti, provided sustainable livelihoods to women belonging to rural and tribal communities in five districts of Rajasthan.
Udaipur, Ajmer, Chittorgarh, Bhilwara and Rajsamand are the districts covered by the initiative. Now the Uttarakhand Pantnagar is also on the list. He creates self-help groups for women (SHG) to develop them in the field of entrepreneurship.
The organization runs four agribusinesses and two textile units that employ at least 130 Sakhi women and produce good-quality, chemical-free products, according to the India CSR. Units for the production of spices, legumes and pickles are also managed by the women of these groups.
A wide range of agricultural and textile products are offered for sale across the country. The Sakhi Self Help Group program aligns with the government’s efforts on financial inclusion of women to encourage their entrepreneurship.
“Katori” and “Upaya” – Sakhi’s marketing entities work in sequence with women’s collectives to assist them in their evolution into independent and sustainable businesses. They also help to bridge the gap between rural women and the end consumer.
“Voice for the locals”
“Our basic principle of being ‘Vocal for Local’ promotes the growth of small industries, mainly in our local communities. Through the power of entrepreneurship and skills development, we tend to empower our local communities. to become ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’. Our Sakhis are the catalysts of social change in our local communities. We have trained them through the collective microenterprises of our Sakhi Utpadan Samiti, supported them and granted them a platform to integrate the social and financial inclusion of women in an egalitarian society ”, Arun Misra, CEO, Hindustan Zinc, quoted by India CSR.
Gudiya Kanwar, a female entrepreneur, employed in the Kayad Village Marinating Unit in Ajmer, Rajasthan, said the stripping unit has made her life better and that she hopes to turn the small unit into a marinade factory soon. .
“I am now able to meet the financial needs of my son’s education on my own and finance the construction of our new house,” she said, quoted by India CSR. Being the sole breadwinner in the family, she now earns 4,000 to 5,000 per month.
Jamna Khatik, meanwhile, earns over 25,000 and is now able to make a fixed deposit to secure her children’s higher education. She shared that she had humble beginnings but is now able to earn more than her expenses.
“I dream of starting my own sewing center where I can be a source of employment for other Sakhis,” she said, according to India CSR.
Empowering dreams since 2006
Hindustan Zinc has been offering women empowerment interventions in local communities since 2006 and will continue to push the boundaries on this front. The project involves 194 functional village organizations (OVs) and five federations with more than 27,000 women in seven localities.
Reportedly, with around 36.1 million units, MSMEs contribute almost 6.11 percent of GDP in manufacturing and 24.63 percent of GDP from service activities. MSME industries employ 120 million people and have the potential to increase their contribution to GDP to almost 50 percent by 2025.
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