Manjari Corner
Exposure visit organised for 52 entrepreneurial farmers under the Udhmita Vikas Program (DS Group). CIRG द्वारा आयोजित Goat Enterpreneur Development Training Program में सरमथुरा क्षेत्र से अनुसूचित जनजाति की 50 बकरी पालक किसानो ने भाग लिया. Successful workshops conducted in Jawar and SRC (Udaipur), to spread awareness about the PoSH Act, 2013. भिकमपुर मड़ावरा में कृषि पाठशाला में किसानों को जीवामृत के बारे में बताया गया. 40 women successfully completed the GYB (Grow Your Business) training under the Second Chance Education Project with a focus on our new individual enterprises. प्रोजेक्ट J.K Tyres के अंतर्गत नूराबाद गांव में 20 महिलाओं द्वारा सहेली संगम समिति का गठन किया गया और महिलाओं द्वारा अध्यक्ष, सचिव, कोषाध्यक्ष का सहमति पूर्ण चुनाव किया गया. Manjari wins the 'Excellence in CSR and sustainability award for women empowerment, at the 10th National CSR Leadership Congress & Awards. Manjari Foundation awarded with 'The CSR Universe Award' for community drinking water project.

Gudiya defies patriarchy, becomes a working woman

Gudiya defies patriarchy, becomes a working woman

Gudiya defies patriarchy, becomes a working woman

Gudiya Kanwar became a famous name in the pickle unit of Kayad (Ajmer) for a reason. She was a housewife, until one day, she found out about Manjari Foundation forming Self Help Groups (SHGs) in her village. She joined the SHG to access affordable loans.

Gudiya was well known in the neighbourhood for her skills in making tasty pickles. During a meeting, Manjari Foundation announced its intention to open a pickle unit. This was the opportunity of Gudiya’s dreams. However, she came from a conservative Rajput community that discouraged women from stepping outside their homes for work. She attended training in pickle-making and joined the unit despite resistance from her community.

After joining the Pickle Enterprise:

Even after joining the unit, the journey was not easy for Gudiya. She was finding it difficult to handle both the pickling unit and her household responsibilities. Slowly her husband started seeing value in her work and began to support her during hectic production schedules Her first income was Rs.7,000 for two months, which she invested in her children’s education and household expenses. Following that, she made a contribution of Rs.10,000 to her husband’s family marriage ceremony. This earned her respect in her family. Today Gudiya’s monthly income ranges from Rs. 4,000 to 5,000 per month.

Leadership role

Gudiya is now in charge of the pickle section, where she conducts trials on new pickle varieties and trains others in quality and packaging requirements. She has also become a role model for many women in her community.

Big dreams:

Gudiya’s ambition is to stay at the pickle plant till it transforms into a pickle factory. She also wants to contribute her savings towards building the family house that is still unfinished.

About the pickle unit

The Sakhi Utpadan Samiti Pickle Unit is located in Kayad, Ajmer and started operations on 21st October 2020. The unit is providing employment to a total of 7-10 SHG women who prepare pickles using traditional methods. The main objective to the establishment was to boost employment and incomes of women
through micro-enterprise. It also seeks to give consumers a taste of authentic Indian pickles made using age-old traditional recipes and methods. At the unit, women are making mango, lemon, garlic, sweet lime, singhara and lisoda pickles. Pickles were initially made in modest numbers, but as time went on, they grew more popular, and as a result, production increased fourfold.