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Cairn India empowers rural women with employment generation scheme

‘Skill training’ is still a far cry for women in most of the rural India, where even stepping out of their household is a big achievement. Cairn India, through various unique initiatives, aims to encourage more women to cross social barriers and chart out a new future for them and their families.

The company conducts specific CSR programs for the upliftment of rural women in its areas of operations – Rajasthan, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh. The company undertakes targeted interventions built on the micro enterprise framework of skill development.

The objective is to provide income generating opportunities to these women so that they can support themselves and their families. Improvement in their economic conditions also helps elevate the social stature of these women, who get more say in decision-making at homes and in the society.

Cairn India organises programs on tailoring units, farming products, masonry training, maternal and child healthcare programs, sanitary napkin production units, job counseling for young women etc.

Trained Women Masons break taboos, build toilets for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. A group of 26 women broke all social taboos to enroll themselves at Bhimda Spoke Centre, Rajasthan for a skill training course in masonry. This vocational programme is offered by Cairn India in partnership with ILFS Skills.

The three-month programme consists of using modern methods of teaching, including use of multimedia & audio visual aids, and practical hands-on training. During this period, apart from learning the technical skills, the enrolled women also imparted functional literacy. As a result, they can now sign their name, count currency notes and even read documents. The programme ensured that these women are not only financially independent but are also equipped to face the world confidently.

After completing the training, these women are currently working as masons for constructing toilets under Swachh Bharat campaign of Government of Rajasthan, supported by Cairn India.

They now earn an average Rs. 500-600/day, something unimaginable for them even a few months ago. With increased income and a new socio-economic status, this has been path defining moment for them.
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