Large percentage of Micro-enterprises in Developing Countries are undertaken by women as it provides them a social stability and improve their status in society. Women Empowerment contribute a lot to Overall Economic and Social Development. To be economically independent and self reliant, women are trying their hands in entrepreneurship. Rural women to meet their survival needs are getting involved in micro and medium enterprises.
Micro-entrepreneurship is increasingly recognized as one of the prominent ways of poverty alleviation and income generation in countries like India. It reduces the burden on job creation and encourages self-sufficiency with the use of minimal resources. Various opportunities are provided in micro-entrepreneurship which meets the livelihood like handloom, bamboo craft, dairy, goatery, poultry, handicraft, agri-business, small business, tailoring etc. by ACC-SCDP. One of such microenterprise is by Maa Gayatri SHG of Dunguri where the women are making & selling spices.
Mahashakti Foundation with the esteem support of ACC Ltd. implemented project SWAWALAMBAN at Mines area of Dungri village which is one of the remotest pocket of Bargarh District. The project aimed to provide employability to the women for earning their livelihood. As initial support, a loan linkage of INR 2.5 lacs was done by Utkal Grameen Bank to purchase grinding machines. They started processing about 2 quintal of turmeric & atta powder & sold it to Pratingya Trust for marketing and named it as “Dunguri Haldi Powder” & “Gayatri Chakki Atta”. Their business was a huge success and they started earning good amount for themselves.