Women Farmers and Entrepreneurs in Rural and Small Town India

The Friends of Women World Banking, Ahmedabad provides micro-finance to organisations and women entrepreneurs and is engaged in capacity building of these women. As part of FWWB team we went on a field trip to Viramgam, Ahmedabad District and Kadi, Mehsana District of Gujarat to witness and discuss the activities of the organisations funded by this micro finance group. We met women farmers and women entrepreneurs in the growing beauty industry.

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The Friends of Women World Banking, Ahmedabad provides micro-finance to organisations and women entrepreneurs and is engaged in capacity building of these women. As part of FWWB team we went on a field trip to Viramgam, Ahmedabad District and Kadi, Mehsana District of Gujarat to witness and discuss the activities of the organisations funded by this micro finance group.

We visited the Saath Mahila Cooperative Credit Society at Viramgam and met the field officers and staff of the society. The micro finance society FWWB is mainly lending for agricultural activities and hence we learnt about agriculture and impact of climate change on it. The field officers were all women and they told us about the nature of agriculture, the loans given and repayment.

How to reduce the use of chemical fertilizers to have ecofriendly agriculture? We asked the field officer if they saw the impact of climate change on…

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Insights on Women Entrepreneurs: A Conversation

I hope some of you have read the book, 'Women Entrepreneurship in the Indian Middle Class'! For those who may not have the patience to read, but willing to listen to insights from the book, here is a voice recording of a conversation with Samyuktha and Radhika from 'In the Field'. This was done as an initiative of LEAD of KREA University.

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