The event witnessed 20 recipients receiving their certificates, were also granted seed money for their businesses
The Merchants’ Chamber of Commerce & Industry (MCCI) and MCCI Ladies Forum (MLF) organised the Convocation of the first “Cohort of Grassroots Entrepreneurship Mentorship Programme”.
Shashi Panja, minister of women and child development and social welfare, government of West Bengal was the chief guest and she addressed the gathering.
The event witnessed the 20 recipients receiving their certificates from Panja. The recipients were also granted seed money for their businesses, as sponsored by Century Ply.
Panja said that granting seed money to the beneficiaries is exciting and appropriate as money is a key ingredient for success. In her address, she stated that she’s impressed that the beneficiaries of this programme are financially literate as financial literacy only comes after many other hurdles have been crossed. She was also impressed by the fact that the beneficiaries are active on social media.
Aakash Shah, president, MCCI in his welcome address said that economic and financial empowerment of women is a critical aspect of social development at large. “When women engage in a profession, its impact goes beyond mere financial empowerment of the individual woman. Women in the workforce have a long lasting impact on household incomes, household lifestyle and savings, children’s education, old-age spending, to name a few. The impact of increasing participation of women in the workforce on the national GDP is well documented. Equal participation of both men and women is required to build an egalitarian and just society,” he said.
Snigdha Shah, chairperson, MCCI Ladies Forum (MLF) in her address explained that under the mentorship programme, a series of training and mentoring sessions were conducted for 20 beneficiaries associated with the NGO Literacy India over 3.5 months, on topics ranging from financial literacy to soft skills.
Most of these women have started their own micro-enterprises. The primary motive of this initiative was to give fresh out-of-campus women entrepreneurs an overview of the current market scenario, teach them new strategies which will help them to grow their business and to help them resolve the teething problems in their endeavors.