Entrepreneurship Development Programme for Women from SC/ST, Weaker Section and SHGs in Pune and Raigad districts
Based on successful implementation of similar project in Pune, Tata Communications Ltd. roped in EDII to conduct Entrepreneurship Development Programmes for SC/ST, in two districts of Maharashtra, namely Pune and Raigad. The project which was launched on June 4, 2019 at Alibaug, Raigad district of Maharashtra focuses on developing the entrepreneurial capacity and business competence of women from SC/ST, weaker Sections and SHG members for sustainable income through enterprise creation.
Pune & Raigad districts of Maharashtra
Project Highlights :
- Identify viable business opportunities and to develop project profiles
- Sensitize 900 women through Entrepreneurship Awareness Camps
- Train 300 potential women through 12 customized women entrepreneurship development programme (WEDP)
- Monitor establishment of 150 enterprises by trained women entrepreneurs
- Generate 500 employment opportunities
Core Initiatives Over the Years
Sponsored by TATA Communication Ltd. Pune, the programme ‘Promoting Entrepreneurship amongst Individuals and Self-Help Groups from Affirmative Action Communities in Pune District’ aimed at developing entrepreneurial capacity and business competence among SC/ST, people from weaker sections and SHG members, for sustainable income through enterprise creation in communication. The 54-month project began in December 2015.
The project which commenced in 2019 would be implemented over 3 years. ‘Handmade in India’ is a 3-year project focused at evolving an entrepreneurial ecosystem around 6 selected handloom clusters spread across five states – Assam, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha & Tamil Nadu (Kamrup, Surendranagar, Bhuj, Maheshwar, Bargarh, Salem handloom clusters in India). EDII is anchoring the project in consultation with Ernst & Young (Knowledge partner), and with support from HSBC.
As part of the MoU signed with Hewlett Packard (HP), EDII and HP are creating digital literacy among the rural population under the project ‘World on Wheels’. The project focuses on building and deploying internet-enabled digital inclusion and learning labs to facilitate digital literacy, education programming, entrepreneurship training, and other community services in rural India. Mobile computer labs (big multi axle buses with computer lab set up) have been equipped with necessary paraphernalia. During its stay at the designated villages, the bus extends its services for 10 hours, of which 4 hours is devoted to school children, 3 hours to youth, 1 hour for dispensing common services like Aadhaar, MeeSeva services etc, and 2 hours for creating awareness on government schemes and various development themes.
EDII has been roped in by YES Bank to implement its CSR project ‘Say YES to Sustainable MSMEs in India’. The primary goal is to promote energy efficiency and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) measures in MSME clusters, leading to enhanced competitiveness of MSMEs and improved environmental and social performance.
EDII was engaged by Walmart to impart training to women entrepreneurs under its ‘Women Entrepreneurship Development Programme (WEDP 3.0)’. The WEDP aimed at building capacity of Women-Owned Businesses (WOBs) across India by imparting professional and life skills to build robust and sustainable businesses.
EDII is partnering with HCL Foundation to train urban poor women from Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Madurai, as part of their Urban CSR programme ‘HCL Uday’ under the thematic pillar – ‘Strengthening Women Collectives’.
Implementing Skill and Entrepreneurship Development Interventions at Karnali under Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana
In this 3-year project which began in 2015, EDII has empowered, educated and engaged women and youth of Karnali by providing them entrepreneurial skills and capacity building training in various trades. Interventions also included financial handholding support to the participants to start a micro venture. Participants were given hands-on-training to manufacture different types of products including coloured candles, face cream, and snacks and sweets, and were also given training in digital literacy. Several beneficiaries have set up micro ventures and are scaling up in terms of production capacity.
Initiative to improve India’s Agricultural Landscape Through Women Agriculturists – Agro Management Programme (AMP)
As a part of CSR interventions of ITC (Mission Sunehra Kal), EDII conducted ‘Skill Development Programme for Women Agriculturists in Shirur district, Pune.
EDII collaborated with Facebook to implement its National Project – ‘Boost Your Business’. Conducted in 15 states, the programme focused on training entrepreneurs from small and medium businesses with the requisite knowledge, skills, and technology to facilitate growth of their businesses online. They were equipped with skills to use Intensive and interactive flash workshops were conducted to orient micro/small enterprises/shopkeepers/traders with various aspects of using Facebook to ‘Boost Your Business’.