|Buddha Education Foundation wishes to create a collaborative solution for women and become an enabler to their entrepreneurial dreams. It wishes that women everywhere are aware of their Constitutional and legal rights, and are helped to find the wherewithal to fight for them. This would be achieved through economic independence – a system in which skill development is made available for a variety of cottage industries and also market linkages are provided to ensure that the product made is sold at the right price, at the right time to the right customer. It is a matter of great concern that women, especially those belonging to the backward classes – minorities, dalits and those in villages are further away from the mainstream, and hence should be provided much greater support. It is these sections that I wish to focus on in the proposal I have detailed in the following pages.
With this in mind, the Trust in collaboration and support from Engineer’s India Limited a public sector undertaking, Government of India took the initiative to train 5000 women belonging to backward classes and also provide suitable livelihood opportunities to them. We ensured that livelihood training given to women is in line with current market requirements, and aim to reduce the gap between their existing skill sets and their upgradeable marketable skill sets. Women with existing literacy skills were provided training for basic computer, typing and IT skills, training for call centre operations etc. Other women were provided training for home – based products such as agarbattis, pickles and other processed food items, handicrafts etc.