In collaboration with UNDP, ALEAP,under the DISHA project, has developed rural women entrepreneurship in Telangana by capacity-building village-level entrepreneurs(VLEs) who are key promoters of rural enterprises.
- ALEAP has trained 60 women and made them capable of promoting entrepreneurship through organizing follow-up meetings.
- We have trained over 10000 women through awareness generation campaigns conducted by VLEs and motivated them to take up self-employment/livelihood activities.
- 30% of trained VLEs have their MSMEs and continuously guide others in livelihoods and self-employment.
- Under convergence, ALEAP has conducted skill-development training programs in making jutebags, baking, computer embroidery, and garments-making.
- We have provided direct guidance to more than 5000 women through our toll-free number.
SAWDF, a SAARC-recognized body, is a member-based regional body representing national women entrepreneurs' associations/organizations/institutions working towards the economic issues of women entrepreneurs in the SAARC region. Since its inception, the forum has advocated the importance of women's inclusion and representation in economic decision-making. The main focus of SAWDF is organizing entrepreneurship development programs. It has launched new tools and networks to enhance the entrepreneurial spectrum and adopt gender-responsive trade policies that support and promote women's entrepreneurship.ALEAP, in collaboration with SAWDF, is spearheading women's entrepreneurship in the SAARC region.
SAWDF has a long-standing experience and recognition in bringing together a consortium of women-led institutions with extensive work around women's entrepreneurship through SAWDF Chapters in South Asia.
In May 2011, the World Bank initiated a regional network of CSOs and World Bank clients, at least one from each country in South Asia. The network aimed to provide a platform for knowledge sharing, learning, collective action, and advocacy on women's socio-economic empowerment so that good practices can be shared and successful interventions scaled up to help women climb out of poverty. Network members are from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka (SAARC Countries).
The network has collectively reached out to nearly 100 million women across the South Asian region and provided them with empowerment, capacity building, institutional development, and technical and financial assistance. The network is called the Business Enterprise and Employment Support for Women in South Asia or BEES. ALEAP sharesresponsibility with the BEES network to reach out to and empower the maximum number of women.