ASIA/INDIA - Women entrepreneurs in rural areas, thanks to the Archdiocese of Calcutta

Saturday, 27 May 2023 entrepreneurship   women  

Calcutta (Agenzia Fides) – To restore dignity to women in society, especially in rural areas; to promote their entrepreneurial capacities and develop their skills: it is with this objective that the organization "Seva Kendra", social arm of the Archdiocese of Calcutta, organized a time of formation and apprenticeship, accompanying women from the villages of West Bengal (State in eastern India), so that they create their own business, thus becoming small entrepreneurs, contributing to the subsistence of their families.
"We had an opportunity to improve our lives," say the participants, who took courses in sewing, embroidery and weaving. Women started small craft businesses which allowed them to improve their socio-economic status, thus enabling their families to send their children to school and continue their education.
The "Seva Kendra" (meaning "Social Centre") procured and organized a training course for them with a professional sewing teacher, which enabled the women to acquire skills which they in turn wanted to share with other women in their respective villages.
Alongside the development work in favor of women, there is also a specific program for the protection of the rights of the child, carried out in cooperation with Caritas, which aims to improve access to education and protection against the exploitation of child labor and the trafficking of children. The center's work has been hailed by the Archbishop of Calcutta, Archbishop Thomas D'Souza, as "work for the common good of our country."
Fr. Anthony Rodericks, Priest and Director of Seva Kendra, shared his experience, expressing his enthusiasm for the achievements of the Center in "creating an enabling environment for the advancement of women and the protection of children in our society", and suggesting that institutional collaboration with civil institutions should be expanded.
Seva Kendra is a charity and social advancement organization of the Archdiocese of Calcutta. Founded in 1973, the organization has branched out into the fields of education and social development. Seva Kendra operates in eight districts in the state of West Bengal, through an extensive network of volunteers and partnership with organizations, associations and institutions. (PA) (Agenzia Fides, 27/5/2023)