Women’s economic empowerment through SME creation has proved to be a powerful tool for improving women’s economic independence and social status. Many women have ventured into micro enterprises/businesses because of pressing economic needs, but mainly in traditional products, which do not generate adequate income or profit.

However, whenever there has been a systematic intervention and support through Women Entrepreneurship Development, women entrepreneurs have selected viable and better technology based enterprises and have emerged successful. The success on such programs has been demonstrated time and again in diverse socio-economic conditions and in all locations (urban/rural/tribal). The initiative has been further strengthened by ICECD which has disseminated the strategy of Women Entrepreneurship Development to hundreds of NGOs in India, and Asian/African/Pacific/Caribbean countries by developing specialists, trainers and faculty.

The program aims to strengthen the capabilities of developmental organizations and women entrepreneurs by providing them with non-conventional and viable technologies.

The present scenario depicts most women and rural entrepreneurs being involved in low earning traditional activities (weaving, bamboo products, handicrafts etc.) and there is a definite need to provide a new direction by identifying non-traditional growth oriented products and technologies. At the same time, in case of traditional products, the need is to upgrade their technical skills through product development and help them establish linkages for marketing.

On the other side, development agencies are concerned about the poor performance of women entrepreneurship programs and the lack of tangible results in terms of women setting up their enterprises. This program, therefore, aims at strengthening the technical capabilities of organizations by providing them technical skills in non-conventional technologies, which can be easily used by women to set up micro enterprises.

This program will offer a series of appropriate and new technologies and products for promoting successful women entrepreneurship.

Participants will be given an option to select any three technologies from the following for in-depth learning:

  • Leather articles and leather sports goods
  • Rexine products like school bags, seat covers, purses, belts
  • Rope making cotton, fiber, plastics
  • Fibers from fibrous grass, banana and making decorative product from fibers
  • Leaf cup making
  • Aluminum foil containers for food products
  • Ceramic work (Black and Red Pottery)
  • Pre-cast cement products (Grills, water tanks, blocks) for building
  • Fiberglass reinforced Plastic (FRP) products (Helmets, Buckets, and Chairs/Tables etc.)
  • Acrylic products for households and offices, gift articles, etc.
  • Plastic molded electrical and auto products
  • Garment Manufacturing (Children, Men & Women Fashion Garments)
  • Electric fitting and repairs
  • Engineering (fabrication)

The training modules will include the following:

Module 1: Technical Skills Development

  1. Production techniques for selected technologies
  2. Machinery details and operations
  3. Repair and maintenance of machines
  4. Quality control and materials management
  5. Productivity and production planning
  6. Raw material requirement and management
  7. Product range, mix and product development
  8. Technology Management

Module 2: Entrepreneurship Skill Development

  1. Entrepreneurship Development: Process and Stages
  2. Product Selection and Feasibility aspect
  3. Market survey and assessment
  4. Project Planning, Formulation and Business Plan preparation
  5. Micro Enterprise Management: it’s problems and challenges

Module 3: Working out a plan of action for promoting and implementing technology based entrepreneurship programs.

  • The program will result in developing technical skills of organizations/entrepreneurs. As a result, they will be equipped to promote technology linked Entrepreneurship programs in their region for target groups like women, poor, rural youth. ICECD, in close association with support/funding agencies, will help formulate proposals for such programs based on the specific needs
  • International participants, who, after undergoing the training, are interested in procuring such machines and materials from India, can acquire all the necessary information during the program. Most of the technologies are in low investment range and amount to about US $250 to US $800

Participants are invited from Technology and vocational training institutions, science and technical academic institutions, industry/small business associations, entrepreneurship training institutions, NGOs and women development agencies. Potential and/or existing entrepreneurs are also welcome. Government departments of women development, poverty alleviation and youth development will gain experience to formulate and implement appropriate technology based Entrepreneurship programs.

  • Duration: 2 Weeks
  • Fees: US $800

ICECD,
E-1/41, Sterling City,
Bopal, Ahmedabad – 380 058 
Gujarat, INDIA

Phone No: 0-9909009770 -1 

Website: www.icecd.org

Email: icecd2008@gmail.com, icecdindia@gmail.com