Introduction: India has become a growing economy in the recent years on account of achieving excellence in the fields of technology, management, engineering and social entrepreneurship. However, the major part of the country stills lies in the rural areas. It has indeed become a matter of great concern for the country’s overall development.
With the emerging trends of women entrepreneurship, there has been a lot of rural development, from generating homes based businesses for rural-area women to setting up small scale industries in the rural areas to generate bulk employment.
Here are some of the women entrepreneurs who have achieved milestones with sincere dedication and diligence.
Divya Rawat: Divya Rawat has set a tremendous example of earning a livelihood from the cultivation of mushroom in Uttarakhand. With the outrageous natural calamity that struck Uttarakhand in the year 2013, Divya resigned from her job in Delhi and came back to her hometown in Uttarakhand. She was upset with the then prevailing situation of the villagers in the calamity-hit areas. Later did she realize that she could help the people to earn a decent livelihood by way of cultivating mushroom, she started encouraging the villagers for the same. Eventually, she was successful in helping people to become entrepreneurs in a short span of time.
Thinlas Chorol: Thinlas Chorol studied at the Students’ Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh, where she decided that she would take up a career in tourism. Eventually, she joined the travel industry as a trekking guide in Ladakh. Being a professional mountaineer, she has made continuous efforts in the upbringing of the beautiful valleys of Ladakh, on account of which Thinlas founded Ladakhi Women’s Travel Agency in the year 2009. With its formation, Thinlas has been trying to encourage a lot of rural women to embark a career in professional mountaineering for their better source of earning.
Chetna Gala Sinha: Chetna Gala Sinha is a social entrepreneur who has been working deeply on the parameter of women empowerment in the rural areas of the country. In an attempt to enhance the social cause, Chetna founded the Mann Deshi Mahila Sahkari Bank for helping the rural women. The bank also provides training to rural women. Further, it is the Mann Deshi Bank which has been helping the rural citizens in exchanging their currency after demonetization. Such a notable achievement towards the rural development!
Annie George: Annie George founded a non-governmental organization for disaster resilience of coastal communities, in the name BEDROC. The NGO was formed with the objective of creating community-based and community-owned mechanisms enhanced disaster response and preparedness for coastal communities. BEDROC works on the principles of disaster management, participatory water resource management, and coastal vulnerability mapping.
Lalfakzuali: Lalfakzuali is one of the most courageous social entrepreneurs. She has achieved an excellent position in her life by putting in sheer hard work and dedication. After her separation from her husband, Lalfakzuali came to live at her parents’ house along with her son. She started weaving to earn a livelihood. With the continuous efforts in the weaving business for three years, Lalfakzuali’s work started getting appreciations. The time marked the success for Lalfakzuali as she became a successful social entrepreneur.
Ela Bhatt: A lawyer and a philanthropist by occupation, Ela Bhatt is one of the renowned women entrepreneurs who has helped in the upliftment of rural women in Bihar. She founded the Self-Employed Women’s Association of India (SEWA) in the year 1972, by which she could empower employment amongst the rural citizens. On account of her brilliant initiatives, Ela has won many awards such as Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, Ramon Magsaysay Award, Right Livelihood Award, and so on.
Conclusion: By presenting this article, we intend to put forward the attributes of these women entrepreneurs who have come forward with their works and yet proved that the country has the potential to produce a good number of social entrepreneurs for the betterment of the society.