International Journal of Home Science
2015, VOL. 1 ISSUE 2, PART A
Fruits and Vegetables Preservation: A Way to Economic Empowerment of Rural Women
Author(s): Anuprita Purohit, Simple Jain, Asha Godawat
Women are backbone of any nation. Prosperity of the nation depends upon the prosperity of its women. Entrepreneurship is one of the ways for empowerment of women especially in rural areas and hence promotion of women entrepreneurs is focused highly by the Government. The Rajasthan Mission on Livelihoods (RMoL) is one of the efforts initiated on 4th September, 2004 to promote livelihood especially for the poor, both men and women of the state. It focuses on need based short term skill training where participants learn from hands on training/practices. The present study was undertaken to find out usefulness of fruits and vegetables preservation training programme organized under Rajasthan Mission on Livelihoods (RMoL) and adoption of it as an enterprise by the women. The study was conducted in Udaipur district of Rajasthan. The sample consisted of 20 women participants. The data was collected through personal interview technique using interview schedule. Frequency and Percentage were calculated for analyzing the data. The results indicated that the fruits and vegetables preservation training perceived as good and increased their knowledge, skill and efficiency about fruits and vegetables preservation. Eight respondents out of 20 had adopted it as an income augmentation activity on individual and group basis. They earned an average income of Rs. 13012.5/- individually and Rs. 7514.28/- on group basis per year. They have utilized earned money for fulfilling requirement of their family, purchase of house hold material and equipment, education of children and clearing of debts and credit. Thus it can be said that fruits and vegetables preservation enterprise proved to be a profitable venture.