SME Times Nes Bureau | 11 Apr, 2014
Eleven women from little-known villages of India were
felicitated in New Delhi Wednesday for overcoming hardships and scripting
success stories through entrepreneurship.
The FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) honoured these grassroots women
entrepreneurs for their remarkable work in fighting the odds.
Manorma Devi, who hails from Shekhwara village in Bihar was thrown out of her
house by her in-laws for not being able to deliver a "son". She then
returned to her family, where her father and brothers encouraged her to focus
on her career.
Devi then enrolled in the Jeevika project -- a livelihood scheme for the poor
people in Bihar -- that helped her self-sustain herself.
"With this project, I was able to get a loan of Rs.6,000. I also pooled in
some of my savings to start a small cosmetics shop in the village," she said.
Along with her was Sakubai Lokhande, 60, from a tiny village in Maharashtra.
She too had a story to narrate.
"I come from a very poor background and hit the bed many a night on an
empty stomach," said Lokhande who has started a small business where she
makes brooms and ropes.
Others like Latha Gowri from Andhra Pradesh, Janaki Ben from Gujarat and
Anuradha Pegu from Assam were also honoured.
Bharatiya Janata Party vice president Najma Heptulla, who was present at the
event emphasised the need to educate and empower women so that they can face
adversities and challenges of life.
"We should work for education and security of women and encourage them to
speak about their issues in public. Education gives women confidence and they
will all come up with brilliant ideas," said Heptulla.
A compilation "150 Stories of Women Achievers, Entrepreneurship: Against
All Odds" was also unveiled on the occasion.