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WOMEN EMPOWERMENT

Contribution towards creating self-reliant rural women


Technology Informatics Design Endeavour (TIDE, www.tide-india.org) is an organization devoted to promoting sustainable development through technological interventions.

TIDE’s vision: - “To be consistently successful in addressing developmental concerns of needy communities through technological interventions.” TIDE has over the past 22 years associated with various Government, National and international agencies and delivered over 200 projects in the areas of: - • Renewable Energy / Energy Efficiency • Water and environmental management • Women and livelihoods • Training & Skill building for micro enterprises

In their 2 acre rural campus called Women’s Technology Park (WTP) located at a village called Aralaguppe, about 130 kms from Bangalore, • Rural women are initiated and inducted into technology based enterprises. • The WTP provides non farming livelihood options to rural women. • More than just income earning, the process is that of skill development making the women self reliant.

One of TIDE’s recent initiatives through WTP is

Incubation of a food processing enterprise through a SHG called Manini. • Manini has trained a group of women in drying of horticultural products like onion, garlic in solar and biomass dryers at the WTP and helped them to launch the products in urban markets. • Facilitated registration of the SHG, developed appropriate packaging, obtaining food certification for the products and other requirements for launching the products commercially. • The products are now sold under the brand name ‘Manini’ in whole sale and retail markets, including METRO CASH AND CARRY outlets in Bangalore.

Manipal Foundation’s contribution: Manipal Foundation has partnered with TIDE to enhance the infrastructure at its Women’s Technology Park (WTP) for the drying enterprise. The donation amount received from Mr. Viswanath of MaGE as his Dr TMA Pai CSR award, was used to purchase and install 2 solar dryers and a band sealing machine, to create a dust free enclosure and for printing bar codes in the packages.

Thanks to this donation, the production capacity of the enterprise has gone up from 10 kg per day to 16 kg per day. Packaging and infrastructure requirements have been met as per Food safety regulations. Aesthetics of the product is good with the band sealing machine and the bar codes have enabled sales through Metro Cash & Carry.

Rural enterprises such as MANINI have a huge potential in urban markets and all it requires is a bit of hand holding and facilitation. Manipal Foundation is proud to have associated with TIDE in this journey to create self reliant rural women.

 
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