Mushrooms and cow dung make women in Philibhit self-sufficient

Mushrooms and cow dung make women in Philibhit self-sufficient

Early December 2015, Women on Wings co-founder Ellen Tacoma and joint MD Shilpa Mittal Singh had the opportunity to visit Philibhit, Uttar Pradesh, through Ms. Maneka Gandhi, Union Minister of Women and Child Development in the Government of PM Narendra Modi, to explore collaboration with the Ministry.

The Ministry has been working on a few projects to generate income for the rural women in the Philibhit area. The women have been trained in certain skills like growing mushrooms, handicrafts and products made of water hyacinth. Although in an early stage of business, we identified significant potential of growth and therefore sustainable work and income for women.

During their visit, Ellen and Shilpa were interviewed by a local newspaper.

“Women on Wings has helped to improve the lives of more than 200,000 families in rural India. By sharing knowledge and skills, it enables women to earn their own living. A wonderful example of helping people make a better future for themselves and their communities.”

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands