Project Shakti 2

(Mehesana, Gujarat, Rural)

Project Shakti (Phase 2) was co-funded by McCain Foods India Pvt. Ltd. and Arupa Mission Research Foundation with the larger share of funding being from McCain. It was implemented in Baliyasan village of Baliyasan Panchayat, Mehesana district, Gujarat (India). It was a continuation of the first phase. The focus here was on institutional strengthening of Community Based Organisations (CBOs) such as Self Help Groups and ‘Champions of Change’ (CoC). While the SHGs moved to the next level of empowerment by choosing alternate livelihood options and micro enterprises, the champions of change were trained to develop further leadership skills, undergo training to be resource persons and initiate change in their village and beyond. The goal was to bring - Social Change and improved livelihoods through empowerment, capacity building and sensitization on gender.

The objectives were financial empowerment, social change and social empowerment of women and adolescent girls. It has led to improved gender relations, reduced gender discrimination, improved child enrollment (especially that of girls) in schools and colleges, reduced female feticide, improved child sex ratio and reduced abuse and violence. Under financial empowerment skills of women in alternate source of earning was improved with three key skills- Gruha Udyog (Production of food and snacks and supply from home) Tailoring and a Beauty Parlour.