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Udyogini: Building microenterprises to empower women

Apr 11, 2013

Udyogini provides training to poor women and NGOs in remote and backward areas of India to build microenterprises and become entrepreneurs.

In order to deal with the challenges confronting poor women’s livelihoods today, Udyogini - meaning woman entrepreneur - came into existence in 1992 with a focus on microenterprise management training. Udyogini started by enabling smaller NGOs, through a program of support comprising training for enterprise awareness, management and counselling, to move into developing microenterprise programs and having staff with orientation to microenterprise.

Udyogini works in regions that are backward and ‘enterprise starved’ and mainly in sectors where there is a concentration of women workers. The focus areas of Udyogini’s work are gender and poverty, market-oriented capacity building for producers, catering to both subsector and multi-sector business service requirements, bringing about innovation, learning and change in business services content and delivery mechanism, and knowledge-sharing through documentation.

It provides business development services to NGOs, government, donors etc. These services include three core products - microenterprise training and handholding, value chain development (with special emphasis on gender inclusion), and market linkages.

By 2010, Udyogini had trained over 1,500 enterprise promoting staff from NGOs and government in 7 Indian states with a combined GMT eligible base of almost 50,000 women.

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