The Empowerment of Rural Women Residents
Empowerment programs and women empowerment of rural residents began in 2008 in four villages India, Maharashtra state, of Mulshi district. It is showing a change in the women of the area in 2013, currently for women's enterprises, agriculture, dairy, tree planting, irrigation, etc. Increasing economic strength for the women with technical skills and adding to the family's income, social participation has become possible. Supported by Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
EXTENSION OF POVERTY REDUCTION PROJECT FOCUSING ON WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT
Year 2012 to 2013 at Mulshi Taluka, Pune District, Maharashtra, India.
The project is in Partnership with ICA Japan and JICA- Japan International Corporation Agency, Japan. ICA Japan and ICA India were the implementing Partnership.
During and after the evaluation of our Poverty Reduction Project implemented during the year 2008- 2011, it was learned that the Existing Management System needs to be strengthened to make the project self running on its own, which means training and journeying the Cooperatives members, committees and beneficiaries in the methods of managing the projects.
Key projects implemented during the 2008-11 were, 20 Bio gas constructed in 4 villages, Lift Irrigation in two villages currently run by two different cooperatives, Milk Dairy run by one cooperative, and agro forestry and tree plantation by all the beneficiaries.
The second learning was that we found less participation of women in all the projects. Therefore, it was decided to empower women through various trainings including soft skills and technical/hard skills, so that they can start income generating businesses and get their status upgraded with the family and village.
Following were the programmes for final two years:
TO SERVE THE PURPOSE OF PROJECT, THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES WERE PLANNED:
"We believe that the sustainability objective will be met, and that these successful villages will attract many observers."
This is the 5 year report of the activities in Pune, India. While the text is currently in Japanese, the abundant photos adequately reveal the work behind the transformation of these four villages.
This is Leadership Training facilitated by the trained local staff.