WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS IN INDIA

According to Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, “entrepreneurship is about being able to face failures, manage failures and success after failing”

Entrepreneur, as the name suggests is a person who looks for a change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity. In simple words, he/she is a person who does new thigs or does things which are already being done in a new way. In a male dominated society like India, today, women entrepreneurs have gained a lot of importance and have challenged the numerous gender norms and stereotypes associated with women. By not heeding to the discouraging comments on how will they manage family or child along with a start-up, these women have taken a step ahead to accomplish their dream.

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One such example of an ingenious women entrepreneur is Ms. Raashi Anand, founder of one of the renowned and established non-profit organization, LAKSHYAM.

Ms. Raashi Anand has selflessly worked for the upliftment of child development and women empowerment through her NGO, Lakshyam. Established in 2012, Lakshyam has taken various initiatives to end the violation of human rights of the underprivileged and focus on holistic development of children and women empowerment. It has involved itself in various activities to make the exhausting lifestyle of India’s street children and families easier and better.

Ms. Raashi Anand was highly influenced by her mother, Poonam Anand, another social worker. They both had established an orphanage in Ranchi, mostly for deaf and dumb children. The various visits to the orphanage opened her eyes to the poverty prevalent in the rural areas.

With this mindset, she established her own non-profit organization, Lakshyam which has drastically improved the lives of the street children by preventing them from engaging in anti-social activities like begging, drug trafficking etc and providing them with basic amenities and support. This is one of the major steps keeping in mind the present demographic dividend where the majority of India lies in the age group of 15-64. Not only has she worked towards the underprivileged children, but as a young social activist she has also vowed to prevent the ostracization of women which is prevalent in our society since decades.

Rooh, a programme launched at Lakshyam aims to strengthen a woman’s demeanour towards life itself. It comprises of three components: first, provide remedial education to their children, second, provide exposure along with professional training and lastly providing them with a platform where their skilled products could be bought and sold. They are assisted in generating self-employment and creating a feeling of empowerment amongst them. This programme has benefited more than 500 women in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand.

She continues to actively work for the betterment of society by using her connections and fundraising skill to arrange funds for her own NGO.  It Is only through Ms. Raashi Anand’s hard work and perseverance that she has fulfilled not only her own dreams but has also encouraged and assisted the underprivileged to realize their dreams and have the courage to fulfil them. Her determination and resilience are an example which emphasizes the fact that everything in possible; it is all about our grit and determination

Volunteering Programmes in India

Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”

Volunteers are people who expresses a willingness to undertake a service. It is not necessary that one volunteers for the pursuit of monetary prize or recognition. One can also volunteer due to the desire to work for the welfare and betterment of the society, in particular the underprivileged sections of the society. The volunteers are the people who reflect a nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience and just plain loving.

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There are numerous organizations who have made an attempt to uplift the people out of abject poverty and prevent the ostracization of the underprivileged sections of the society. Lakshyam is one such organization which through the help of its volunteers has and continues to make this society a better place to reside in.

Lakshyam was founded in the year 2012 by Ms. Raashi Anand with the ultimate aim being the advancement of the socially, economically marginalised communities and prevent the exploitation of these underprivileged sections of the society. Lakshyam today, is spread across 19 centers in India and has impacted 20 states. It has further touched over 30,000 lives and directly benefited them.

Lakshyam offers a volunteering programme where the volunteers can work at centres spread across 5 locations across India. Lakshyam encourages the volunteers to work in diverse areas ranging from – media and communications, performing arts, academics, indoor and outdoor sport, data management and research etc. This enables them to use whatever skills they possess to further enhance the skills of these underprivileged sections of the society.

Lakshyam further provides programmer like Butterfly where they can employ the knowledge they possess for the betterment of these underprivileged sections of the society. Butterfly allows the children to come out of all the inequalities and fears and have freedom to foster creativity and curiosity.

The volunteers can teach various subjects as well as positive healthy habits of cleanliness, hygiene and discipline to the children involved in various professions like rag picking, begging etc. The volunteers can also take workshops of art and craft, music, dance forms, drama, calligraphy etc.

Another major initiative or the programme launched by the Lakshyam is the Lakshyam Toy Library which provides the children what they are lacking- childhood. Various toy libraries have been set up across India. The volunteers provide them with educational toys, games and books to help the children in their growth and development.

Furthermore, Rooh is an initiative which is introduced to provide women with financial independence. Thus, women are provided vocational training by volunteers and renowned professionals so that it could help them generate self-employment and a measure of income. Volunteers also engage in enhancing the knowledge of women with regards to sanitation and menstrual hygiene.

Other volunteering programmers initiated by Lakshyam includes fashion for cause, a one-of-its-kind fashion show, Delhi Primes etc. Furthermore, Lakshyam NGO offers an opportunity to be a part of the Earth bag build which is a green sustainable school building workshop and a volunteering opportunity in Delhi.

Thus, Lakshyam provides the volunteers an opportunity to improve the conditions of these marginalized sections of the society by contributing their knowledge and skills.

CHILD WELFARE PROGRAMMER IN INDIA

By the term “child welfare” we refer to the social work that has been done in order to uplift the quality of life of children. In a country like India where population grew at the rate of 1.2% between 2010 -2019 to 1.36% billion, which means that 40%of the country’s population comprises of children, for them government has launched numerous welfare programs for benefit of children while keeping in view the problems and challenges which are being faced by them like child labor malnutrition and lack of educational facilities as they are the budding talent of our country. Child welfare means that services are catered in order to create a safe, sound and peaceful environment for the children to sustain and grow.

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Around 20 million children are working as a labor in our country in a hazardous conditions like firework industry ,pottery industry and glass industry where they work in dingy conditions ,lack of ventilation  which would ultimately ruin their health in their initial years itself, which would put the future of our country in danger .Touched by this growing menace in our society our founder, Ms. Rashi Anand took a step towards the betterment of the society because of her philanthropist approach .With this mindset she introduced “Lakshyam”. An organization dedicated towards street slum under-privileged children and women.

At Lakshyam initiatives in the name of these programs have been taken to improve the current situation of the have-nots section of the society, namely “Butterfly-child welfare program “,” Lakshyam – Toy library “and “Lakshyam – Rooh Awakening Women’s Soul”.

The aim of ” Butterfly – child welfare and education “ program the aim is to provide holistic development of each and every child which would ultimately help the child to achieve success in life .With this intention around 620 children are imparted education at lakshyam remedial education centers. Another program developed by Lakshyam is “Toy Library”. The Program is the heart and soul of the organization As Lakshyam believes toys are the first thing with child play and interact they also help a child to explore the worlds around them and make sense of the worlds around them. In our country women have never been treated at par so in order to break this widening gap Lakshyam has initiated with a program named “Rooh” – Awakening women’s soul. Literally transforming the word Rooh means “Soul”. In this program professional training is being given to women as they come from different sections of the society so that they build a better niche in life for themselves. Under the program women are provided with skill training and financial training workshops. Thereby giving them a sense of freedom and independence.

Today Lakshyam is spread across various Indian states working enormously on the cause of women and child development, touching hundreds of thousands of lives each day.