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March 8 is celebrated as International Women’s Day and this year the theme is “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”. The theme focuses on innovative ways in which we can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure.

A woman’s entrepreneurship makes a strong contribution to the economic well being of her family and community, reduces poverty and puts her in a place of control and decision making. A woman’s empowerment thus also contributes to the overall development of a country.

Today, female entrepreneurs are said to encompass approximately one-third of all entrepreneurs worldwide. Yet, they continue to face gender-based barriers to starting and growing their businesses. In India, women face many difficulties to start an enterprise of their own due to several socio-economic factors, however, even with a small and slow start, their journey towards equal participation in the economy has begun.
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One such success story is 30-year-old Pinky’s who lives in a village called Takadi in Rewari district of Haryana. She is a mother of four kids, a doted daughter-in-law and wife and also a trusted entrepreneur who runs her own readymade garment as well as stitching shop and contributes to her family income.

Pinky is one of the 30,044 women who attended a start-up training in 2018 and among 3,000 women who started their own business under the Disha project implemented by Humana People to People India (HPPI) with UNDP India. With the right skills equipped, she stocked her shop with suits and sarees of the latest fashion. Today, she makes weekly visits to the town to restock her store and while she is out in the market, she gets what she wants to for her husband, her children and with a special feeling of pride from within, she buys what she wants for herself with her own money.

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Humana People to People India is a development organization registered as a not-for-profit company under section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956 as of 21st May 1998. It is a non-political, non-religious organization. Its mission is to unite with people in India in order to create development in the broadest sense through the implementation of the projects that aim at transferring knowledge, skills and capacity to individuals and communities who need assistance to come out of poverty and other dehumanizing conditions.

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