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Chipping in for financial independence among women in Surguja

The Adani Group stands out as a key player in India’s ‘Aatmanirbhar’ (self-reliance) programme, which weaves a tale of inventiveness, strategic vision, and economic empowerment. It is a prominent private sector conglomerate that has diversified into many sectors, such as energy, mining, infrastructure, logistics, and defence. All these endeavours are strategically coordinated to enhance the nation’s strengths and usher in a new era of self-reliance.

Adani has been actively promoting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Aatmanirbhar’ policy, which aims to make India a powerful and affluent country capable of defending its interests. The goal is to reduce India’s reliance on imports while fostering indigenous industry and innovation in a number of fields. Adani has been boosting India’s economic and strategic capacities by investing in indigenous manufacturing and innovation, and by generating employment and opportunities. 

In a similar effort, the Group encouraged women from Surguja and Parsa in Chhattisgarh to pursue skills to attain financial independence. Like its tranquil, agro-dependent surroundings, Sarguja district had its hopes set on the rain gods and seasonal crops. However, it appears that nature found new ways to grant their requests. Building on the region’s prolific potato farming, a small women’s cooperative has moved on beyond housework to provide for their families and influence the prospects of their offspring.

Fascinatingly, potatoes are a relatively new crop in the paddy-bred area. The agricultural community was taught about smart agriculture techniques to increase yield and was introduced to the cash crop a few years ago. A farmers’ cooperative that was established later assisted them with efficient market access and smart storage.

The ecosystem created by the Adani Foundation to teach women is responsible for the change. Aimed at producing a workforce prepared for the future, the workshops conducted by Adani covered everything from peeling to packaging. This was believably the most effective method to take advantage of the region’s excess potato crop. Amita Singh, a former sarpanch of Parsa gram panchayat, stated that the cooperative was promoting women’s empowerment through skill development and that real benefits of the initiative lay in the involvement of local women. Each month, women who work for the cooperative earn Rs. 1,200. Even if the amount seems insignificant, it holds a significant value for their families. Together, the group of 21 women produces about 9,000 kg of chips a month. 

Collective efforts spearheaded by the Adani Foundation have built an ecosystem of sustainable development in the region, educating the farming community and empowering homemakers.