Enhancing Energy based Livelihoods for Women Micro-Entrepreneurs
The project “Enhancing Energy based Livelihoods of Women Micro-Entrepreneurs” is financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and jointly implemented by Hand in Hand India and FS-UNEP Centre. The Government of Madhya Pradesh has introduced 24 hour energy supply in its districts and villages and the mentioned technical assistance project of ADB supports the electrification in 32 project districts in three regions of Madhya Pradesh, namely: Bhopal, Indore and Jabalpur.
The objective of the project is to build the capacity of women from Self Help Groups (SHGs) through gender mainstreaming interventions and to enable women to build their own energy-based income generating businesses. Since project start in January 2013 until November 2014, 18,000 women have participated in trainings that include topics on gender, efficient energy use, financial literacy and enterprise development. Until project end in April 2015 the target is to train a total of 20,000 women. Examples for energy-based activities include tailoring, pottery, bangle making, compact fluorescent light assembly and laminated paper cup making.
Amongst the women who received a first training 500 interested female entrepreneurs are identified and trained as trainers on Business Development Support and another 500 women are trained on Gender & Energy. These two components ensure that the purpose of the project is carried on even after project end. The selected women trainers gain knowledge on the market and on business planning and will serve as advisors to other women in the villages who want to set up an enterprise.
|Asian Development Bank|
|Hand in Hand India|
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