City women running successful businesses honoured

ST CORRESPONDENT
Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Starting a small business of wafers packaging at home with a loan of Rs 7,000 from Annapurna Pariwar, Subhadra Suryawanshi from Pune is now running a successful business of packaging other food products as well.

Pune: Starting a small business of wafers packaging at home with a loan of Rs 7,000 from Annapurna Pariwar, Subhadra Suryawanshi from Pune is now running a successful business of packaging other food products as well. She is doing business with a loan of Rs 98,000 annually and providing employment to 8-10 women from the slum.

Similarly, Rekha Kamble from Khadki, another entrepreneur, had started flower business 10 years ago with the loan of Rs 10,000, now has a flourishing business with a staff of seven women.

Suryawanshi and Kamble are among the 21 women felicitated for their entrepreneurship, in addition to eight women for their contribution to social change, at Annapurna Pariwar’s annual rally recently. 

More than 8,000 members participated in the rally, organised by Annapurna Pariwar, which is a group of five developmental organisations working in Pune and Mumbai. Their aim is to empower poor women and their families in terms of finance, education, health and child development.

Manisha Gupte, a renowned social activist and Co-founder of Mahila Sarvangeen Utkarsha Mandal (MASUM) was the chief guest and Assistant General Manager of Indian Overseas Bank Thomas Miranda was the guest of honour.

Annapurna Group has given microloans of around Rs 200 crore to the financially challenged women and has collected savings to the tune of Rs 60 crore in 2018.
 
Over Rs 1.70 crore were distributed to help the poor and their families at the time of sickness and deaths among the members by its microinsurance wing. Educational sponsorships of Rs 25 lakh were distributed to 988 poor children, according to a statement released by the organisation.

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