Kudumbashree's aura spreads beyond Kerala; to write new history in Azerbaijan
Kottakkal: Kudumbashree’s aura has travelled beyond the boundaries of Kerala. Our women’s collective has rendered light to the villages of Azerbaijan, which was once a part of the former Soviet Union. Within a year, 38 projects modelled around Kudumbashree, were opened in the Masalli region of the country alone. With this, the total number of companies run by the women’s collective has risen to more than 100 in Azerbaijan.
The women involved in this, who hail from the poorest villages, have learned to generate income via baking, agriculture and running cafes. These women entrepreneurs have also formed a federation named Azerbaijan Rural Women’s Association in the country.
World Bank regional director Sebastian Molineus' Twitter post, praising the entrepreneurship of the women’s collective is also a recognition for Kudumbashree.
Started off with a journey
In 2017, a group from Azerbaijan travelled to India as part of Azerbaijan Rural Investment Project, looking for initiatives that would empower women financially. They came to know about Kudumbashree after studying various projects from different states in India. They were fascinated by the project that enabled women to acquire financial independence and so they invited Kudumbashree mission authorities to their country.
In 2018, a group led by Sajith Sukumar went to Azerbaijan to provide training for 10 days.
A matter of pride for Kumbashree
“We can also take pride in the women’s movement in Azerbaijan. This is an international recognition for the works done by Kudumbashree," said S Harikishore, Executive Director, Kudumbashree.