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Workcamp about female enterpreneurship

Organization: FSL-India

Application: Volunteers must apply to our partner organizations in their own country.

Placements: We will complete the placements of volunteers within a week of receiving the application. Volunteers can apply for an L/MTV program for a minimum of one month.

Information: FSL-India will send the required Information to the volunteers – including a pre-arrival letter, project profile, info sheet, general information and travel details. This information will be sent to the volunteers at least one month in advance.

Participation Fee: 14,500 Indian Rupees for each month

Arrivals: Volunteers arrive at Kundapur or Bangalore by the first Monday of each month.

Accommodation for Volunteers: accommodation for volunteers can either be at the project, in a local host family, as a Paying guest, in a hostel –depending on the project, location and availability.

Orientation week: The program will start with a week-long orientation. Depending on the volunteer’s project location, the Orientation will be held either in Kundapur or Bangalore. This information will be sent to the volunteer at least a month in advance.

Registration: The registration will be completed during the first week of arrival.

Projects: Following the orientation week, volunteers will join their respective projects in different locations, depending on the placement.

Monitoring: Each volunteer is allocated a LTV Coordinator on his/her arrival who is a staff of FSL-India and he/she supports the volunteer in their project, and monitors the progress during their voluntary service through monitoring visits, LTV Cultural Meet, one to one sessions, emails, phone calls, reports etc. Monthly Project visits are also made by the LTV Coordinators during the placement where ever possible.

Bridging the chasm of India’s wide gender gap is increasingly gaining importance in the country’s developmental strategies, with a greater number of NGOs and government organizations putting women at the centre of their projects. A key component of many of these strategies is building the capacity of women in financial self-management which will enable the creation of an environment where women can make independent decisions on their personal development as well as shine as equals in society.

In recent years, the government has extensively promoted the formation of Self Help Groups or SHGs as platforms to enable micro-credit options for the economically disadvantaged. Comprised primarily of women, an SHG is, in essence, a credit and savings group: each member regularly contributes a fixed, small amount of money until enough capital is built within the SHG to begin lending. The group then collectively decides which members should be lent money, based on the needs of each member. Repayment, at a predetermined interest rate, is ensured through peer pressure. Through the years, SHGs have evolved into more than just community-driven institutions of micro-credit; they have also been crucial to mobilizing women’s empowerment activities at the grassroots level. Volunteers will work extensively with SHGs and other women’s groups to implement capacity building initiatives in their communities. Some of the activities they will be involved in include:

• Teaching English
• Building capacity in computer literacy
• Raising awareness on health and hygiene
• Promoting entrepreneurial initiatives and income generation activities that increase family income
• Building the financial capacity of SHGs to actively manage their group, increase capital and fund entrepreneurial projects of their women members

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