The Sona Group from its inception in the 1920s has been involved in various industries including IT, textile, technology, education, skill development, and more. And as part of their corporate social responsibility, they are involved in various activities through their companies and Valliappa Foundation, a trust to support the cause for society.
In this range, they have always supported women through education and research and development. They offer training programs for them to thrive as self-employed personalities.
Here are a few initiatives by the Valliappa Foundation and The Sona Group to create a change in the community of women:
With the fund from the Department of Science and Technology’s Science for Equity, Empowerment, and Development (SEED) division, The Sona Group sets initiatives to train underprivileged rural women by establishing Rural Women Technology Park (WTP) in Salem. The value of the project is INR 1 crore and 30 lakhs. The rural women are trained in various industrial skills and are set to become self-employed/entrepreneurs.
The training programs include:
Along with training them, rural women are supported by WTP to establish and manage their production units. The technologies proposed in this project are location-specific and best suited for rural women.
Outcome: This initiative brought 200+ rural women to engage in entrepreneurial activities.
AgriBPO is a funded project from the Department of Science and Technology under Science for Equity Empowerment and Development (SEED). The project aims to promote the entrepreneurship and development of Women Self Help Groups (SHG), Salem, Tamil Nadu. It is a program that uses Information and Computer Technology to create employment opportunities.
This project helps to connect the farmers to agricultural experts in real-time to get some advice to solve problems like crop disease, severe weather, and the pricing of the yields. This is a tool for women to operate their farmlands and earn an income alongside helping agricultural experts with employment.
These are some of the women empowerment initiatives from The Sona Group that benefit the success of rural women. The motto is to help a community of women by providing training and tools to upgrade their life.