Rural women and housewives are another important target group that Mitraniketan is trying to educate. Often these women have productive skills that have never been realized or utilized. Normally housewives in their village spend majority of their time for cooking and taking care of children and they are not getting the opportunity for education or skill training. Mitraniketan works to change some of these traditional routines, so that women can make choices for themselves. Their potential can be developed through creating awareness, developing their functional capability, and organizing them in Self Help Groups.
Over the years, Mitraniketan has trained a large number of housewives and organized them into Self Help Groups in neighboring villages. The organization of women’s groups has exposed them to the outside world, given them confidence, given them support and a voice. Now, these women are working to improve skills and supplement their family income.
The trainings organized by Mitraniketan create awareness and imparts knowledge on their rights, capacities, and skills required for day to day activities. This gives confidence especially they feel that they can work in groups to change their traditional role without affecting the family relations as it is an important part of our culture.
Secondary Packing unit: For providing employment to women around the village, we established a Secondary Packing unit in our campus by linking with Hindusthan Latex (HLL), a Public Limited Company which gives employment to 155 to 200 women over the last 9 years. An average of Rs.8000/- is earning by these women workers every month which supplement their family income and improves their socio economic status in the community. This unit is initiated as part of the women empowerment program linked with the women Self Help Groups (SHG) functioning in the villages around Mitraniketan.