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The coverall objective of this sector is to empower women to fight against poverty, exploitation and subjugation and enable them involve fully in development activities to meet the millennium development goals. The specific objectives of the project are to empower women and young girls economically and educationally to enable them participate in development activities, initiate the community to advocate for support and education of girls, to increase the enrolment of girls in the school, to change the life of poor women and their families through revolving fund provision and empower their households economically.
BSWI has carried out major activities like conducting community mobilization workshop for different community members and reducing harmful traditional practices, educational support to poor in school girls, revolving fund provision for poor women and engaging them in different income generating activities, training self-help group members in income generating activities, formation and strengthening of women’s producers’ groups and women-farmers’ clubs. BSWI has worked in 47 villages of South 24 Parganas, Malda and West Medinipur districts of West Bengal for a total of 345 self Help Groups (SHGs) of women. During this year, BSWI has promoted 56 SHGs in these areas. A total of 5165 women from the marginalised sections have participated this activity. BSWI conducts community mobilization workshops, advocacy and sensitization workshops and village level workshops for community representatives on women's rights
Programs are: (a) Formation and Nurturing of SHGs to expand the social mobilization to new pockets in adjoining blocks; (b) Micro-Credit to improve women’s productive capacities and manage finance through paddy processing, puffed rice making, cereal packaging, rice packaging, paper bag making, net making, vegetable growing and selling, tea stalls, small eateries, tailoring and embroidering, woollen garments making and selling, household poultry, inland fisheries, goat rearing, pig rearing, cattle rearing, milk vending, utensils vending and series of small enterprises (c) Livelihood Planning combining PRA tools such as livelihood and resource mapping, interventions such as achievement motivation training, area planning and envisioning exercises; (d) Economic Program Management to strengthen the quality of production in the area keeping in view the economic part of the enterprises.
With a view to increase the income of the SHG members, BSWI has promoted four Producers’ Groups in the field of (i) Leather/Foam bag making (ii) Food processing and (iii) Goat collective and (iv) Improved Mat Making.
With a view to promote rural cooperatives amongst the women members of the BSWI promoted SHGs, BSWI has launched this project in its agriculture farmhouse in Baradrone village. The project is being supported by the Consulate of Japan Kolkata. The activities are (i) construction of a large ‘animal husbandry training-cum-demonstration centre’ (ii) training and orientation on dairy; goat rearing; duck rearing and poultry keeping. The project has been launched in the year of 2011 and would cover 1800 SHG members in the five year period.
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