Empowerment for women in India requires a crosscutting approach – one which addresses the diversity of social structures that govern women’s lives. At ACF women are a primary focus across all our programs and interventions.
Social Participation & Inclusion
Building Local Institutions
Rs. 27.14 Crore
A special invitation for loans went out to SHGs from the Women’s Federation of Chandrapur in 2015 - for building household toilets. But only 5 applications came in. Meena Bobade pledged to convince her community to build toilets - conducting awareness drives, going door to door and talking at village functions. They also formed a Good Morning Team to guard for open defecation. In just 8 months Pimpalgaon had 100% toilet coverage - all of which are being used.
villages Open Defecation Free
villages with 100% toilet coverage
villages covered with Sanitation Drives
Pawan’s mother-in-law kept insisting that she have the child at home. She had heard rumours about how crowded the hospital was and doctors didn’t pay attention. But Sakhi Sunita Sharma explained the potential risks of home delivery and in the 9th month finally convinced Pawan to deliver at the hospital. Through an ultrasound the doctor noticed that the baby was in breach position, and due to an immediate institutional delivery, both mother and baby were safe.
villages with Home-based neonatal care
pregnant women exposed to healthcare services
pregnant women undergoing sonography
The automobile industry is one of the most male dominated industries in India and it is tough for women to find a role in it. Despite being a graduate of mechanical engineering, Poulami Metya from Howrah was unable to settle with a job. She then enrolled in the 2&3 wheeler repairing technician course at SEDI and was the only female in her batch. On graduation she was successfully placed as a Customer Relationship Manager at Yamaha Technocon Services - breaking age old gender stereotypes in the process.
girls in Gender Breaking Courses
girls placed in male dominated trades
women involved in electronics
Farmers in Chandrapur faced challenges with money lenders in selling their cotton produce, until the women from Jangu Devi Self Help Group stepped in. They registered themselves to sell cotton, procured from farmers and sold to ginners at the correct price – enhancing profits for farmers and earning their SHG a profit in the meantime. 39 other SHGs have followed suit in procuring cotton.
women involved in cotton cultivation
women in vegetable cultivation
women part of FPOs and decision-making process