Poverty reduction is a tough nut to crack when it comes to finding self-reliance opportunities for grassroots in rural areas. In a country with a gigantic population over 121 crores, where 83.3 crores live in rural regions, the continuing urbanization has raised the bars of self-sustenance for those who live in rural or suburban areas. The question remains the same — just how can we create India more self-sustainable?

Forestry and agriculture are the main occupations of those folks that live in such predominantly rural and suburban region and those need to be sustained for their survival. But in the recent years, the nation has miserably failed to support the farmers with a small land, and thus the profession of agriculture isn’t considered fruitful anymore.

Those who used to dwell upon farming are now left with no options, and this has weakened the backbone of the fairer gender. The women are worse hit by this falling economy of small occupations, and it is the need of hour to find them good opportunities that can help them survive in tough times.

The self-help-group movement has proved as a savior in many regions of our country where women have proved their mettle. The Amul Dairy and Lizzat Papad are perfect examples, where small self-help-groups contributed in building big brands. But, these groups cannot be made in unorganized sectors where a big number of unskilled individuals need jobs, and there are no big markets to consume their products. In such circumstances, it is necessary to train the individuals to help them sustain earning their own bread.

The Self Esteem Initiative – Because Women Are The Builders Of A Nation

Giving a speech on women empowerment is very easy but turning it into a practical approach is often ignored. What’s the point of raising ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ slogans when there is no bread to eat, no money to buy the essentials and no means to have a good healthcare for the family?

Dera Sacha Sauda is a socio-spiritual organization that is running more than 133 welfare works for the betterment of society. Among these welfare endeavors, the “Self Esteem” initiative is solely focused on training them to earn not just money but social security.

In the guidance of Saint MSG, Dera Sacha Sauda has sensed the need of hour – the emancipation of women is directly linked to the betterment of the nation. The Self Esteem campaign’s goal is to give them a respectable and self-dependent life.

The Dera Sacha Sauda organizes vocational training courses (beautician, pickle making, knitted garments, handbags etc) for unemployed and unskilled women from rural areas at a block level. The primary intention of these vocational training centers is to improve the socio-economic standards of poor women.

The Self Esteem programme emphasizes on making women morally as well as mentally strong to face the world. This vocational training further contributes to providing employment opportunities and social security, improving the status of women and parallelly fights with the stigma of child marriage and inaccessibility to health care, because only an empowered woman can stand straight for her rights.

These centers provide free coaching classes for the girls who belong to poorer sections of the society. These vocational centers are established in many states including Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, U.P. etc. at the block level, by the volunteers of Dera Sacha Sauda under the guidance of Saint Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insan. After getting trained, many girls have started their own business and leading a happy life.

I’m just giving it back, what God gifted me – Self Esteem

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Neeta Grover, who had learnt computer basics, under this programme is now running her own computer center. “There are many girls who come to my center. I provide free coaching classes for the girls who belong to poorer sections of the society. It was my good fortune that I got the right direction and now I’m self dependent. All the credit goes to Dera Sacha Sauda, and hence I’m imparting the same values to the girls who have joined classes at my center. I would be happy utmost, if they become self-dependent like me and serve the society,” says Neeta.

If we can provide a platform to those brave women, who have a strong will to make this world a better place to live, what else could be better than this to make this nation great?

(With inputs from Neha Rajdev)


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  • Discouraging female foeticide and promoting the gender equality by empowering women is a pre-eminent step by Dera Sacha Sauda.
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  • These vocational training courses support these women both financially and mentally. They can lead a better life by using their hidden talents.

  • These type of humanitarian works proving to be mercy for self-reliance of females.This is a groovy act to make them independent enough.

  • No doubt women are the builders of the Nation. Modern women are not less than men. But still, in Country like India, women are not given priority in the family. It is necessary to empower women to let them know about their rights. Only slogans are not enough to raise the condition of women. I thank such organizations who empower women not only in words but in practice too.

  • Its such a nice thing that Dera Sacha Sauda is doing much efforts to put forward Women rights and to make them independent!

  • Nowadays, women are equal to men, they are also becoming self-dependent by getting training from these vocational training institutes, which help them to make their lives better to live. The self-esteem initiative taken by Dera Sacha Sauda for women empowerment is really appreciable.

  • Only Dera Sacha Sauda is one such organization which is practically doing efforts to improve the condition of women in the society and make them move ahead fearlessly. Moreover, the organization is also commemorating 133 welfare works to serve humanity which is incredible!

  • In the present era, it has become necessary to train and educate women in order to make them self-dependent. It is really appreciable that under the guidance of Saint Dr. MSG, Dera Sacha Sauda is encouraging women to earn not just the money but social security too. Self-Esteem initiative helps to improve the socio-economic standard of poor women which is necessary for the Nation’s growth. Vocational training makes women morally as well as mentally strong to face the world. These vocational coaching institutes are established in the various states of India.

  • I really appreciate the efforts of this organization Dera Sacha Sauda and volunteers who make it happen instead of just talking about Women Empowerment. Actions that actually brings the change only leads to Nation Development.

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