We believe that women should be socially and economically empowered. To achieve this, we train women so that they can upgrade their skills and earn their livelihood. This helps them in becoming independent and self-sufficient. We assist in generating supplementary income for Women Self Help Groups (SHGs). We act as catalyst in linking resources from Government, NGOs, Banks and corporates for the success of SHGs.
The Sterlite Women Empowerment Project (SWEP) was initiated for empowering rural and coastal women. The project has achieved formation of 1074 Self-Help Groups (SHG) covering 15,324 rural women from marginalized sections of society. More than 252 groups have taken up profitable Income Generation Activities. The income generation activities vary from Prawn pickle processing to dry flower making, Household provision supply, candle making, milk vending, rabbit rearing, vessels rental and petty shops. The income generation programs have enabled the women to increase their family income and in an average they earn INR 3000 -3500 per month as additional source of income. During the reporting period the groups have availed loan ranging from INR 50, 000 to INR 200, 000.
Sterlite celebrated International Women’s day by organising a grand public function for SHG women members under SWEP on March 8th of every year, since 2006. The most interesting part of this function was the parade and Drill performed by over 7000 SHGs, which is the first and largest of its kind in this part of the state. Awards for excellence in Income Generation Projects, for the 32 Best SHGs, 20 Entrepreneurs, and also for 6 respective NGOs were also distributed on the occasion.
To offer vocational training for livelihood for women, six tailoring centers have been functioning very successfully. Currently 69 women are undergoing training at these centres.
Sterlite Energy (SEL)
SEL has been providing financial support to four self-help groups (SHG). Women SHG members have been provided financial assistance to start micro enterprises.
Project Vedanta Integrated Jana Jivika Yojana for 09 villages covering rural women, building capacity and promoting rural enterprise. A women’s cooperative has been formed to promote rural entrepreneurship.
Exposure visit of 30 farmers on Vegetable Cultivation.
Production and Selling of 50 Bowl Aquariums through Subhalaxmi Cooperative.
3000 lts of Phenyle sold at the through the cooperative.
Initiation of Marigold Cultivation with 15 farmers of R&R Colony.
Training cum exposure visit on Banjara poultry breed Farming to 20 new farmers.
Training on financial literacy to 83 cooperative members.
Training on homemade snacks and pickles to 50 cooperative members.
Initiation of paddy straw mushroom at Shivrampur
Training on Banaraja poultry farming, paddy straw mushroom, floriculture, ornamental pisciculture, goat rearing with vaccination camp
1329 women covered under Project VIJJY with 1094 enrolled in Cooperative.
Project Vedanta Asha with 200 SHGs for promoting empowerment and building capacities of rural women.
10 women of SHG have initiated a leaf plate unit at Tumadihi, Kirimira Block.
Training on Dairy enterprise to 40 women at Rengalbeda village.
Goatry Training to 80SHG women in 2 training sessions at Tangarbeda, &Patrapalli.
Vegetable cultivation training to 30SHG members at Dumerdihi, Liakera Block.
16th ASHA Mahial Maha Adhiveshan presided over by District Collector in the presence of 300 SHG Members.
Vermicompost Training to 25 SHG women at Kuanmal.
Bharat Aluminium Company Ltd (BALCO)
BALCO has provided quality seeds of Potato to 11 SHG members to generate additional income from their homestead land. During the winter season the groups have earned Rs.50,000/-.
Hindustan Zinc (HZL)
350 village women availed training in tailoring,handloom training was imparted to 50 SHG members and Meenakari training to 30 women at Rampura Agucha
HZL distributed 15 sewing machines to trained women at Vizag
SHG women of Chanderiya participated in ‘Mewar Udyog Utsav 2010’ for 6 days, wherein sold various domestic products & accounted a profit of Rs. 32,000. 20 SHG members put their handmade product exhibition at ‘Shrawan Mela’ at Gramin Haat (Chittorgarh) and 38 women participated in the ‘Literacy Programme’ at CLZS