The project aimed to transfer knowledge and skills of SOCEO and its founder, Sujoy Chatterjee, who belongs to the Indian Diaspora in Germany, to vulnerable women in self-help-groups in the Sundarbans in India. Thematically the project centered around gender equality, entrepreneurship and access to governmental support schemes.
After the development of the training material, as part of the Training of the Trainer two leaders from 23 self-help-groups were trained. They conducted market visits following SOCEO’s tested method to identify potential entrepreneurial ideas. After the market visit, the leaders disseminated the content to the other members of their self-help-groups in three workshops. Afterwards, the leaders met with representatives from different governmental bodies to get more information about available support schemes. The results of the project were captured in a review workshop and its findings were shared with five local organizations.
The project has been designed by SOCEO and implemented in collaboration with a local NGO. The Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has supported the project thought the Program Migration & Diaspora.