Agarbatti Making Project At Rajasthan


Agarbatti Making Unit in Rajasthan... A New Start in Women Economic Empowerment 

 The Village Store in partnership with Indiabulls Foundation has set up Agarbatti Making units in Nagaur district of Rajasthan.

 Need for Intervention

Rajasthan means Land of Kings has Great Indian Desert with population of about 68 million. Rajasthan is also the most water deficient state with short and erratic monsoon.  Economy is predominantly agrarian and rural in nature. The State is not as developed as other States of India. Caste system is predominant and Women are not given equal opportunities in terms of resources.  Women still are with their ghunghats

 Why Economic Empowerment of Women :

More women than men live in poverty. Economic disparities persist partly because much of the unpaid work within families and communities falls on the shoulders of women and because they face discrimination in the economic sphere. They usually have less access than men to medical care, property ownership, credit, training and employment. They are far less likely than men to be politically active and far more likely to be victims of domestic violence. Women’s economic participation and empowerment are fundamental to strengthening women’s rights and enabling women to have control over their lives and exert influence in society. It is about creating just and equitable societies.

 Our Objectives are 

  • Social Objective of providing regular additional income opportunity to around 500 women based out of rural Nagaur.
  • Economic Objective of producing saleable articles by the villages which has a buy back agreement
  • The wider objective of creating self-reliance amongst women and building a strong rural community sprit. Agarbatti making besides being eco-friendly is a convenient and simple means of livelihood. It also enables us to reach out to large section of rural populace.

Other Salient Features of the Project are

  • Managed and operated by rural women
  • Provide livelihood to rural women
  • Production using semi-automated peddle operated machines
  • Plan to reach out 1000 women in pilot project of one year
  • Efforts to ensure that women earn around Rs. 2500-Rs.3500 per month
  • Has a strong buy back agreement with multiple vendors
  • The project would also be focusing on other aspects of women empowerment