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Shubham Gupta

Meet Archana Singh who is not your average entrepreneur. She has jumped a total of 3 businesses but she is a smart businesswoman who has used the savings and profit from each venture to finance the next. From a goat-rearing venture to sewing clothes, today, Archana manufactures show rings for fans and has set up […]

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Shamita Harsh

Radhika Bharadwaj from the Garkhara village in Varanasi learnt to run a business on her own. With a little bit of trial and error, she decided to empower the rural women in her village by giving them a source of employment. But how did she make that happen? By setting up Santoshi Ma self-help group […]

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Shamita Harsh

The macrame expert from Assam was married into another patriarchal household. But that didn’t stop Kanchan Mali from exploring her love for sewing and stitching. Learning intricate designs by the torch light in her house in the northeastern part of India, Kanchan never knew she would one day be running a sewing school for women […]

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Shamita Harsh

How did we manage to enable and mobilise so many women entrepreneurs over the course of the last five months in rural India? Well, look no further, the answer is in this Vlog that documents the very first training of Social Saheli. Rural women associated with self-help groups were trained for the first time in […]

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Pallavi Pareek

जेंडर अब बड़े परदे पर – Where do the women belong? If the kitchen is your first thought, then you may need to rethink why you tend to picture gender roles in a certain way. And where better to start than our very own Bollywood that has spent a century selling gender stereotypes to us. […]

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The journey of Gayatri Chandrawar from Gorakhpur wasn’t an easy one. Hailing from a semi-urban locality in the city, Gayatri found herself struggling with the patriarchal boundaries of her household. But a business idea kept brewing in the back of her mind, one that would involve empowering several other women like her. Many people warned […]

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Minakshi Walke hails from Chandrapur, Maharashtra. A one-woman show, she began making locally produced bamboo products. Discovering a new market for her cool products inspired her to hire and employ more women in her group. Today, Minakshi wants to set up the biggest bamboo enterprise run by a woman that supports other women to earn […]

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Jaimala Srivastava from Gorakhpur didn’t have much to go on with barely any income or savings. Her self-help group changed all of that. They make seasonal pickles, chutneys and other food products. Together her group – Jaya SHG, is now running a successful business and locally marketing their products through word of mouth as well […]

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Pallavi Pareek

What if women didn’t find a seat at the table at the workplace? And who has defined these structural barriers that create significant obstructions for a woman’s equal participation in the society? Having the opportunity to voice your opinion can also be difficult for women at the workplace. To bridge the gap, this episode of […]

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Meet the rural women entrepreneurs of India who are transforming the business ecosystem in small towns of the country. Using innovative ideas, these businesswomen have also given opportunities for other women from rural areas. This has been possible through formation of self-help groups. The story of former International hockey player, Rita Mishra is not less […]

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With a blooming community of over 200 women in 4 districts of Uttar Pradesh, Social Saheli brings you a snapshot of their journey. Meet the women of self-help groups who are taking over the digital world to tell their stories and debut with their products. The Sahelis have a long list of products that are […]

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A single business idea can go a long way. Meenakshi Rai from Gorakhpur is ensuring just that. With an abundance of business ideas, Meenakshi stepped into the rural entrepreneurial market with one goal – to give each woman a reason to own her business. Keen on changing the rural landscape when it comes to the […]

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What does a self-help group need? A place to market their products. Well, Renu Ojha, is a businesswoman who is doing just that. She started her journey by making products like bags and curtains at home. Soon after, she started the Durgeshwari self-help group in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. Self-reliance was an important ingredient in her […]

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Shamita Harsh

Several parts of rural India still struggle to allow their women to work for themselves let alone run a local business. A self-help group allows a like-minded collective of women to find their talent and their voice as they create locally-produced goods to meet the demands of their community. It isn’t easy to set-up an […]

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Ankita Awasthi shares tips and tricks on how can a local women entrepreneur can kickstart her business and grow it online. A content strategist and financial analyst, Ankita Awasthi became an entrepreneur because she wanted to occupy her own space in the business world. Finding gainful employment for people, especially women, with less mobility became […]

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