Empowering rural women and children is required for the upliftment of their standard of living as well as the overall economic development of the country. An average village worker earns between 30-80 rupees a day. The amount is not enough in today’s market to provide for nutritious meals as well as proper healthcare and educational requirements. Planning and saving for future emergencies is out of the question for these villagers.
Anganwadi initiative was started by the Government of India in 1985 as part of the Integrated Child Development Services program to combat malnutrition and hunger. A typical Anganwadi centre provides basic health care in villages which includes contraceptive counseling and supply, nutrition education and supplementation, as well as pre-school activities.
Nandghar is a service delivery unit established as an extension of the Anganwadi initiative. It has been designed in partnership with Ministry of Women and Child and Development. This project addresses issues relating to pre-primary education, health care, nutrition for children and economic empowerment for women in rural India. In order to work towards community development, Vedanta and the team are focused to start at the grass root level with the holistic development of children and women with the Nandghar initiative.
Nandghar through its vocational training to women in the evening and through micro financing assistance has substantially increased the amount of daily earnings to an average of Rs 200- 300 rupees.
Anasi devi, 28year old w/o Gulab khan lives in Sutharo ki dhani Barmer. She educated till class 5 but she is a very ambitious lady and wanted to do something independent. She joined EDP training where she got a lot of exposure, knowledge, awareness and personality development classes. Finally she started a mobile accessories shop in crossroad of the village on state highway. She also repair mobile phones and earns a profit of rupees 200-300 daily.
Pinki has completed BA 1st year. Her husband Rajendra is a wage labour and she lives in a joint family of 11 members. She joined EDP training and started E-mitra shop in her village. She is running the shop successfully with a profit of 300-400 rupees. per day.
These Nandghars are being created at 4000 locations across 11 states in India with Schnell Technology, which aids completion of construction in 45 days. The state of the art construction has clean toilets, safe drinking water and electricity through solar panels.
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