The project will enhance the capacities of women to generate their own income for economic empowerment, thus contributing to poverty reduction. Women and men experience poverty differently and as a result, have differing levels of vulnerability. Women are more commonly involved in low-paid, casual agricultural wage labor, and under-represented in non-agricultural wage labor and self-employment. The project has been initiated to break the disparities through economic empowerment of women through provision of skills and knowledge to utilize locally available materials to create wealth. Kondwani’s role will be to train them and link them to collective markets for both improved organic fertilizer and vegetable products,
The grant from The Pollination Project will be used to acquire high value vegetable seeds, soil fertility improvement plants, seeds, and seedlings, organic fertilizer, and capacity building tools, establishing demonstration gardens as learning centers for women. The groups will also receive small seed money to initiate the savings and loan scheme to invest in vegetable businesses. Lastly, training sessions in business management, marketing, and financial management will be facilitated with the support of volunteers.