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1149 Women Empowerment Through Entrepreneurship: towards sustainable development

posted Sep 22, 2020, 10:50 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Sep 22, 2020, 10:51 AM ]
Vadodara (Gujarat), September 2020: The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS) as part of their recovery assistance plan is implementing ‘Spice Making and Marketing Project’ for the women in the slums of Vadodara City. With the basic aim to help these women come-up after the economic set-back caused due to the coronavirus pandemic and thus bring about a sustainable development in the lives of these women. This project is financially supported by Mix For Kids, e.v. (Germany).

Fr. George Miranda (Project Director) along with Miss Jagruti Patil (Project Coordinator) are supervising the operations of this project.


Spice Making Training for Women:


Two spice making training were held in this quarter. First training was held on 20th July 2020 at Shikota Nagar for 21 women. Second training was held on 15th September 2020 at Rajiv Nagar for 15 women.

Mrs. Savitri Patel was the resource persons. She taught 17 different types of spice making which included: Undhiya Masala, Dabeli Masala, Pavbhaji Masala, Biryani Masala, Mutton Masala, Chole Masala, Garam Masala, Sambhar Masala, Chat Masala, Tea Masala, Malvani Masala, Fish Masala, Punjabi Masala, Panipuri Masala, Chicken Tandoori Masala, Kolhapuri Masala and Chicken Tandoori Masala. These training also included sessions on production, marketing, costing, budgeting, pricing and brand building of spice products. The participants learnt the production process and the business management lessons with great enthusiasm and were very positive on starting their own spice making business.


Exhibition cum Sale of Spice Products:


Two Exhibition cum Sale events were held to give opportunity to women to display and sale their spice products. First event was held on 21 & 22 July 2020 at Meldie Nagar and second event was held on 23 & 24 July 2020 at Chaturai Nagar. A good number of slum women trained in spice making participated in the events. Special permission was taken from the Municipal Corporation for organizing this event.

It helped women in earning some income during the period when COVID-19 has ruined their financial situation. On an average each woman earned Rs 800 per day from the sale of spices in these events.

Fr Rolvin D’Mello (Executive Director - DBDS) assured that in all the events conducted social distancing and proper safety measures were followed. In addition to this all the other government compliances were strictly adhered to while doing these activities.
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