Our country had developed in many fields and certainly, women have played a potent role in the upliftment of the economy and also changed the face of empowerment. Their talent has decently contributed to a better spread of wealth too. Some recent studies denote how women empowerment has contributed to a surplus gain of around $700 billion approx. In this phase of reform and dynamic changes, women are coming out from whatsoever background be rural or urban to fight and make changes to make this place a better home. Let us have a look at some small-town gems who have proven that is not the status but the determination that helps to stand unique among the rest:
She is 38 years old staying at Nari village, Maharashtra, and owns a lamp manufacturing business that started in 2009. After facing the economic challenges due to her husband’s unemployment, she got determined to provide financial support to her family. While strolling through the local market there, she saw a handmade lam and realized its beauty and the way that she could utilize her talent in making such. Seeking a few family support and with her husband by her side, she started to form her grounds of the business. Today her company is doing very well and she can meet the financial needs of her family and also helps them become independent as well.
She is an inspiration to many women hailing in the Rabari area. He has started a venture that is all-women firm manufacturing quilts, cushion covers, files, bags, rugs, and so on. She has always been a supporting hand to her widow mother and learned the traditional art of embroidery in her teens. Later she became a part of a community in her village and enhanced her skills. Finally, she became independent, strong, and talented. She also created multiple employment opportunities for women in need and also has inspired them the way to stand on their own feet.
She is a 35-year old lady from Telana, Assam. She is a seller of pure organic manure and also sells the traditional Japis from Assam. This idea came to her originally in 2002 when she was a small girl and then got married at an early age. After gathering a few women from her village, she started to plan accordingly and started her venture of production of organic manure. It had natural elements of worms, banana plant leftovers, dried leaves, and cow dung, etc. she always wanted to work with women who are in dire need of being self-independent. Through this, she created more empowerment. From manufacturing to selling, she does it all and runs her business smoothly.
She is a resident of Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu, and 41 years old. She found the passion of her life in her early days and went to pursue it. People and family thought her less capable of physical work owing to her polio attack when she survived at a young age. She was always seeking for success and freedom from financial dependency. She acquired the skill of turning scrap into beautiful pieces of art. Today ‘Guna’s quilling’ venture has turned to become a massive industry that sells quill art items like jewellery, greeting cards, little miniatures, etc. She has so far trained 2000 artists in this line and conducted workshops too. She supports students, women, orphans, and even homemakers and has been credited with many awards from the Tamil Nadu government.
She resides in Arrah, Bihar, and is the founder of the Bhojpur Mahila Kala Kendra in 1993, to empower women from rural India by providing them with proper education and employment. She lived up in a patriarchal society. She was deeply hurt to have found how her grandfather treated boys over girls and was finally determined to bring a change. She faced numerous challenges and restrictions at home but was able to get through. In 2000, her foundation received support from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and DC Handicrafts, Government of India. The Bihar Government awarded her in 2008 for women’s empowerment.
There are many more like this. According to recent research by McKinsey Global Institute, India adds around $70 billion that is more than 18% to its GDP by 2025, giving work opportunities to women equally.