Rural Gandhinagar in the state of Gujarat is heavily dependent on agriculture even today. With one of the lowest literacy rates in the country, most children study till middle-school level here. In the district, 15-20 villages often have one common school.
Households in these villages have an average size of 5, sustaining on a meagre average monthly income of $95. In addition to farming, women of the community are engaged in tailoring, accessory making, broom making, beauty parlour services, petty shop businesses. The communities sell a considerable amount of the local produce in ‘haats’ or local bazars including jowar, bajra, maize, sesame, groundnut, onions and potatoes as well as jewellery, hair accessories etc. The men most often migrate to nearby towns for better job opportunities- often an unhappy transition.
Even in the face of poor infrastructure and connectivity, these women are unrelenting and hardworking.
The resolute women want to start or expand their business in the hope of a better future. These businesses range from animal husbandry, dairy businesses, petty shops, women's accessories, vegetable vending, spice selling etc. 125 women and their respective families will enjoy better income and savings!