For 1,500 women from 28 villages near Pune, Maval Dairy Producer Company was a dream come true when it launched in December 2019. They had gone through months of training in dairy, fodder, cattle and feed management and taken loans to invest in shares in the all-woman enterprise. It was going to be their bridge to a better future - not only for themselves but for their children and communities too.
Varsha Jadhav is one such. After training, the 29-nine-year-old first generation working woman in her family is now a board member of the company, owns five milch cows, a fodder storage and a sales unit.
Then COVID-19 hit a body blow to their venture. Suddenly the women entrepreneurs of rural Maharashtra, like Varsha, found themselves deep in debt, with large EMIs to pay but no income - and needed help to get back on their feet again.
The women are also keen to extend their coverage to an additional 15 villages, double the number of members to 3,000, set up more milk collection centres and ensure pasteurization of at least 10,000 litres of milk per day at the processing plant.
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