ChildFund India trains nearly 500 tribal women to be Entrepreneurs with support of Citi Foundation

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ChildFund India today announced nearly 500 tribal women received skills training in the key areas of leadership, community entrepreneurship, financial planning and poultry management under the project –“P2P – Poverty to Prosperity” supported by the Citi Foundation’s ‘India Innovation Grant Program’(IIGP).These trained tribal women aged between 18 to 24 years and from low income communities located in 20 villages across Jhabua, Dhar and Alirajpur districts in Madhya Pradesh were handed out poultry as well as thesupport to build poultry sheds on completion of their 6 month program.

The event attended by distinguished dignitaries – Sh. KantiLalBhuria, Hon’ble MP, Sh. Shanti LalBilwal, Hon’ble MLA, Ashish Saxena, Collector, Jhabua, AnuragChoudhri, CEO Jhabua, MP Govt., Mahesh Chandra Jain, Superintendent of Police, KawalawatiBhuria, President, ZilaPanchayat, Debasis Ghosh, Public Affairs Officer, Citi India and Neelam Makhijani, Country Director & CEO, ChildFund India had almost allthe1000 project beneficiaries and technical partner organizations in full attendance. The highlight of the event was the personal account by two of the latest beneficiaries who shared their experiences as well as future plans for managing and expanding their poultry farming, post the completion of the program.

A recipient of the Citi Foundation’s ‘2016 India Innovation Grant Program’, Project –‘P2P – Poverty to Prosperity aims at addressing economic livelihood opportunities among low income women, by addressing the local economic livelihood problem of the area. Low fertility of land and soil erosion, coupled with scarcity of rainfall, forces the ‘Bhils’ (a Tribal Community), to migrate out of the region in search of alternate livelihoods, where they mostly end up working as low paid laborers. ‘Poverty to Prosperity’ equips these women with entrepreneurship, leadership and financial inclusion skills required for creating an alternate source of livelihood in poultry farming and further supports them in setting up their poultry shed and with the initial poultry required for setting up the business. Further, as part of the self-sustaining model ChildFund India helps in the formation of a Producers Company that collectively helps the women to take poultry farming to a profitable scale.

Neelam Makhijani, Country Director, ChildFund India said, “This project strives to empower the tribal women to turn into entrepreneurs, creating viable and sustainable livelihood options for them. We have been able to successfully assist hundreds of tribal women in the project areas with training and facilities to initiate poultry farming. A lot more needs to be done and ChildFund India is committed as an enabler to create change makers! We are thankful to Citi Foundation for their support as this partnership provides several opportunities both for tribal women in Madhya Pradesh and for the organization to learn from and replicate a sustainable model that changes lives!”

Citi India Public Affairs Officer, Debasis Ghosh said, “The P2P program is well aligned with the Government of India’s ‘Skill India’ mission and Citi Foundation’s focus to support young people from low income households build financial assets, enable entrepreneurs to create jobs and community based organizations to strengthen and transform communities.
The program not only creates economic opportunities for tribal women, but through a market place intervention, ensuresa scalable model that is critical to the long term economic success of the individuals and the communities in the three tribal regions of Madhya Pradesh.”
The 2016 IIGP, now in its third year, is focused on skilling youth and connecting them with economic opportunities that will, in turn propel economic progress and inclusion in India.

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