NEW DELHI (December 2015): The Sustainability Innovation Grant fund (SIG fund) has awarded a grant of Canadian $70,000 (approximately INR 35 Lakhs) to Ashiana Housing Ltd, recognizing its efforts towards women empowerment via their CSR projects in India. The award is instituted by Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), a Canadian organisation. Ashiana Housing Ltd was recommended by Creador, a fund management company working in India. Ashiana accepted the proposal and applied for the grant with a focus on women empowerment.
Understanding the need for empowering women to empower the nation - Ashiana housing plans to implement women specific CSR activities like women’s skill enhancement program. Under this project, they will be training 250 women within a period of 18 months with a total spend of INR 70 lakhs including the grant received.
The company aims to utilise the grant amount for women’s skill training programs, so as to make this section of the society independent and enable them to earn a better living. Through this initiative, women will be trained to become better masons, housekeeping and security staff, thereby increasing their employability quotient. As a part of this initiative, women will be provided practical training along with theory classes in the morning. As a part of the next phase of training program, after three years, all semi-skilled women will be given an advanced training for more complicated tasks such as pasting tiles on wall, skirting, etc.