Namaskara from Buzz Women!
What can be achieved when a woman recognizes her inner strength? We have seen the most brilliant stories of empowerment coming from the remotest corners of rural Karnataka.
Low-income rural women lack access to opportunities, skills and knowledge which pushes them into the poverty trap. They are made to believe they are helpless and are unaware of the power of the collective. Also, we believe and it’s proven these women will be affected the most by climate change.
Based out of Bengaluru, we reach these underserved women and make knowledge, skills and tools available at their doorsteps. Our buses have rolled into 10,000 villages in Karnataka to enable rural women to attend our training and have a chance to change their lives.
What changes do we achieve?
The program is built on the foundation of the 5 Cs - Cash, Care, Climate, Community, and Confidence. We wish to aid in combating poverty not only through training that deals with the economical aspect of poverty, but also the ecological, psychological, and sociological aspects. The program is divided into multiple training sessions that are contextual and meaningful.
Our interventions support rural women:
· Find solutions for their problems through self initaitive
· Plan their finances better and become financially secure
· Participate in financial decision making in their households
· Adopt and succeed in entrepreneurship
· Take measures to mitigate climate change at the local level
· Collectively solve personal and community problems and become community leaders
We believe, and have seen from our experience, that women take their learning to the families and encourage behavioral change. This belief in the power of women is one of the motivations behind Buzz Women’s intervention in the lives of rural and peri urban women.
Sharing one of our biggest secrets as a true grassroots organization:
When a Buzz trainer goes to a village, the women don’t see her as an outsider. They see her as one among them. Our trainers come from villages. They have experienced poverty and patriarchy firsthand. And they know what it means to be a village woman who aspires for a better life.
This lived experience of our 150 strong team on the ground is our secret. This is why our interventions are so rooted. And this is why our women embrace us as their own.
We have a strong volunteer network of 9000 rural women!
Yes, that’s what makes us such a strong grassroots organization.
Over the past eleven years, we created an engaging last mile connect and brought together a vibrant volunteer network of rural women. These volunteer women meet in groups of 10 once every month. These rural women reinforce the impact of our interventions and carry our change forward.
How do we create change? Drive along:
Watch how Suma is combating climate change in her own small ways