Women Entrepreneurs In India

In a nutshell, women entrepreneurs refer to those women who come with a business enterprise with proper planning and initiative, combining and organizing various factors of production, operating and undertaking all the risks of uncertainty involved in running an enterprise.

It is a fact that the development of women entrepreneurship in our country is expectedly low. Most of the population in India believe that they are living in a male-dominated society, with women being weak and dependent on men, especially the age-old traditions and conditions serve as non-conducive conditions for the emergence and development of women entrepreneurship in India. As a result, there is a low literacy rate, low participation rate and low urban population share of women in our country.

From the economic point of view, Providing women with equal access to financial and development opportunities progresses towards gender equality and it is very much likely that it could have a direct positive impact on national and international economic efficiency. Many theories on economic development and gender equality agree that a “simultaneous relationship” exists between economic growth and women’s empowerment i.e. women empowerment and economic growth go hand to hand.

It was said by Paulo Freire, a Brazilian philosopher, in his book “The Pedagogy of the Oppressed”, that a change could only be brought upon the oppressors through a movement led by an oppressor. Similarly, a woman as a representative in any of the governing agencies or an in the top management of relatively big companies would help in coming up with policies and programmes that adopt the notion of women empowerment to a significant depth, with a greater understanding of problems alone faced by women.

Ms. Rashi Aanand, the award winner of “Social Entrepreneur of India” by Entrepreneur India Summit 2013, has been successfully leading the organization of Lakshyam NGO, over the past few years, majorly involving the activities of child education and women empowerment.
Lakshyam has three successful program i.e. Butterfly Program – Child development and education focusing on imparting remedial education classes to kids at its centre, Rooh Awakening Women’s Soul working for women empowerment, and Lakshyam Toy Library which aims at providing toys and books to kids.

Rashi Anand

The Rooh program, the organization has come up with, mainly aims at strengthening women’s demeanor towards a life with the notion of making women empowered, self-employed and Self-reliant. The program also includes the needs of sanitation and menstrual hygiene for women. Health awareness campaigns for women are organized now and then which range from the importance of iodine in salt to spreading awareness about causes of Breast Cancer as women’s health affects both individual household and national economic welfare due to gender roles. Moreover, women often take care of children and prepare meals. To fulfil these important duties and ensure the well-being of their families, women must be physically well and knowledgeable about health. Broader/Positive changes can occur within communities and regions if societies have improved women’s abilities to make decisions regarding childbearing, childrearing, sexual relations, and the use of contraceptives.

General progress in women’s empowerment correlates well with progress in economic development, and spillover effects from gender-economic equality are positive for both the economy and women’s empowerment. It is widely believed by many scholars and learned men/women that the full participation of both men and women is vital for development. Only acknowledging men’s participation would eventually lessen potential sustainable development. Without the equal inclusion of women in development, women would not be able to benefit or contribute to the development of the country.

NGOs in India for Children’s Education and Children Welfare.

Knowledge is power and power come through education.  Basic education is the right of every human being, but it should be provided at the correct time. So, the planning should start right away when they are born. Now here the problem arises of lack of resources, facilities to get basic education due to poverty or unawareness. So, the kids then unknowingly start getting into the path of misery, suffering, pain, and exploitation i.e. the dark side of life. But there are lots of verticals when it comes to education and one of the main problems the society not aware of is the mental problems, health, intelligence level of the children. Children born in the poor sections of the society are not as healthy, strong as of the other children of the upper section. So, the power of grasping knowledge is not equivalent to others.

So, for the great future of unprivileged children, and bringing them to the bright side and the golden part of life, Lakshyam NGO has taken a great initiative for changing the lives of the children. It was founded in the year 2012 by a young social changemaker, Rashi Anand to uplift the unprivileged children and women through education, empowerment, and pieces of training. And with a strong determination of reaching its aim, Lakshyam now has expanded to 17 states within a span of 7 years and planning to expand more. It is currently operating from its main office in Hauz Khas, New Delhi.

Lakshyam acknowledged all these problems faced by the innocents and formed a strategy to provide them education via different means like fun games, awareness programs or educating them by involving in different activities like plays, dramas to grow them mentally. So, ‘BUTTERFLY – CHILD WELFARE AND EDUCATION’ is one of the programs introduced by Lakshyam which aims to provide holistic education to each and every unprivileged child of the community. Not only providing education to the children but also it provides special attention to the children by developing their soft skills like personality development, personal grooming, and also some crucial components like hygiene, cleanliness, discipline and other positive habits for a better and healthy lifestyle.

Every day new challenges arise and this NGO is solving them at a great pace, till now Lakshyam has reached 17 states and touched more than 30,100 lives. And it has a courageous aim of putting at least 500 street children, dropouts to the formal schooling system by 2020. And in India, there are around 3 million children are living in the streets, 50% of children are not going to school or are school dropouts, many of them also face sexual harassment or are beaten up in schools. And to stop this social issue from growing further, children’s education is necessary with proper training and guidance.

So, to eliminate all these injustices, inequality between poor and rich, Lakshyam is fighting and creating awareness for making this earth a better place for the poor and the needy. Lakshyam with its work towards humanity is also trying to make the world understand the need for children’s education and welfare by empathy.

Volunteer Work In India, Volunteer Programs In India

A volunteer is a person who is willingly to work and gives his time, energy to contribute to the greater good of others. The term ‘Volunteer’ is derived from French word ‘Volontaire’, which means “one who volunteer”. In the earlier times it meant to serve the country willingly in times of war. With the changing times the term has also evolved to mean and volunteer for the society.

volunteer programs

Volunteer work, Volunteer programs in India have been going on right from the times of ancient era, and there are evident examples of some famous freedom fighters who at that time worked for women issues like sati practice, widow re-marriage, abolition of child marriage, girls education amongst other issues. The Indian society since independence have undergone tremendous changes and so the domain of volunteer work has also shifted its focus from these issues to issues like child education, empowering women by providing them opportunities to enhance their talent, environment, health and etc.

Lakshyam is an NGO, founded in 2012 by a young social entrepreneur Ms Rashi Aanand, with a motto to provide women empowerment and holistic development of children. Today Lakshyam is spread across seventeen Indian States and has reached three countries and many have been benefitted from its vision. However, all this wouldn’t have been possible without its troops of volunteer who come forward to help and garner Lakshyam vision to reality. Volunteers under Lakshyam can choose to volunteer in its program i.e. Lakshyam Butterfly – Child Education and Welfare program which works toward child development from their education, personal hygiene, to their extra-curricular activities. Volunteers can choose from an array of activity areas like media and communications, performing arts, academics, indoor and outdoor activities, data management and research, administrative work and business development, social entrepreneurship, building and construction. Volunteer under Lakshyam come from different walks of life like from the field of MBA, social work, house makers, architect, and data analysis. So, for this purpose Lakshyam gives a range of activity from which they can choose and work, associate themselves with good deeds. Like for instance, a MBA student can help and contribute toward making of an excellent business strategy or help make improvement in the earlier ones or a teacher can volunteer to teach lakshyam kids at the centre where they can choose from a range of subjects like Hindi, Maths, English, General Studies, Social Studies, Computer.

The requirements to join as a volunteer in Lakshyam are meagre like the minimum age of volunteer should start from 16 or 18 years, since some tasks require volunteers to be minimum 18 years of age. If, 18 years age must possess a authorize government ID, should be able to communicate freely in English as well as Hindi. The conditions Lakshyam works in are really poor so, expects volunteers to possess a tolerance level towards poor, unhealthy conditions and unhealthy slum surroundings. The volunteer must commit for three to four months of volunteer term.

Over the years of Lakshyam existence it has grown and evolved into an organisation and come forward to touch many lives. All this wouldn’t have been possible without the support and contributions of volunteers who turn up to lakshyam and through Lakshyam help the under-privileged and under-resourced community.