Women’s empowerment program in 'the carpet belt' in India

This cooperation with the UN Development Program(UNDP) during 2009-2013 will enhance the social, economic and political empowerment of women in 500 villages in Uttar Pradesh, India where IKEA Foundation and UNICEF have been present since 2000. At least 50,000 women will be encouraged to become entrepreneurs, contribute substantially to their household income, strengthen legal awareness and participation in local political decision making processes.
Through this program, UNDP will help women by training them in good financial practice, help with access to micro credit loans and equip them with business skills.
In addition, women will get more advanced literacy and leadership training in order to take on a catalytic and decision making role as village leaders in institutions of their local community.

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