IN an effort to empower women in the city by raising their financial situation, the Pune Municipal Corporation has decided to start a skill development programme for women self-help groups. Women entrepreneurs would be taught marketing and business skills as part of the programme.
“The proposal for training women self-help groups was approved by the women and child welfare committee. The standing committee too gave its consent as the PMC initiative would benefit a large number of women self-help groups operating in the city,” said Ashwini Kadam, chairperson of standing committee, on Wednesday.
Kadam said that the PMC would appoint a professional agency to carry out the responsibility and hold training sessions for the representatives of these groups on business-related skills like ways to raise money, market study, packaging for products, deciding price for products.
The agency would also organise visits to industries and train women in communication skills and accounts management, she said. She added, “Each training session would be of two months and would be conducted in batches.” There are over 9,000 women self-help groups registered with the PMC. It has been organising special fairs across the city to enable them to sell their products. The PMC has also decided to set up permanent market places for the women self-help groups at various places in the city.