Lighting Asia/India program joins Dharma Life Foundation to help commemorate International Girl Child Day in Uttar Pradesh

Lighting Asia/India program and Dharma Life hosted an event titled “Beti Padhao, Roshni Badhao” to commemorate the International Girl Child Day in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh on 11th October, 2017.

Hon’ble Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh Shri Yogi Aditya Nath graced the event. Hon’ble Minister of Women & Child Development and Family Welfare, Dr. Smt. Rita Bahuguna Joshi also attended the event. Mr. Gaurav Mehta, Director, Dharma Life Foundation and Mr. Vikramjit Singh, Senior Country Officer, IFC were also present during the event.

‘Beti Padhao, Roshni Badhao’ brought together more than 100 Dharma Life’s rural women entrepreneurs from different districts of Uttar Pradesh. Dharma Life is a social enterprise dedicated to poverty alleviation through rural entrepreneurship. It is a distribution partner for IFC’s Lighting Asia/India program that increases access to quality assured solar lighting products in five states of India. Through a selective process, Dharma Life identifies, trains and mentors aspiring candidates to become rural entrepreneurs and social changemakers in their villages.

A Dharma Life Entrepreneur describing how the training encouraged women like her recognise their true potential to become successful in life.

IFC’s Lighting Asia/India program  has been working with Dharma Life to strenghten its existing selection methodology and  and entrepreneurship training curriculum for these entreprenuers. The training facilitated through IFC includes aspects of marketing, selling, customer handling, tracking sales, financial management, business planning, as well as soft skills needed for entrepreneurship development. The training has helped women recognise the entrepreneurial potential in themselves, develop an entrepreneurial mindset and apply key business skills to become successful entrepreneurs.

‘Beti Padhao, Roshni Badhao’ saw 500 students from various schools in Lucknow participating in a painting competition themed ‘My Female Hero’. This event also brought together various stakeholders such as community leaders, development experts, practitioners, and funding agencies that are committed to drive positive change in rural India.

A short movie was also shown to those attending. It is a testament to what has been achieved through IFC’s partnership with Dharma Life since 2013. The movie chronicles the journey of some of the entrepreneurs present at the event.

The event was given wide publicity in the national and local media including Hindustan Times, Rashtriya Sahar, Tarun Mitra, The Sword of India, and Anandi Mail.