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The Janki Devi Programme for Women Entrepreneurship in India

In February 2014, DIWA and its partners, Janki Devi Memorial College and Ecorys India Ltd, both in Delhi, India, launched a Women Entrepreneurship programme at Janki Devi. The programme started during a visit of Dutch Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Ms L. Ploumen to India in September 2013. Subsequently, she made funding available.

Janki Devi Memorial College (http://jdm.du.ac.in), part of the University of Delhi, was founded in 1959 by the famous Gandhian Shri Brij Krishan Chandiwala in memory of his mother Smt. Janki Devi. The objective is the academic education of women. The College essentially caters to students in Humanities and Commerce.

The project aimed at increasing the knowledge and skills of young women at the College about entrepreneurship and to stimulate and support them in setting up their own enterprise. The programme has not only succeeded in the creation of a number of enterprises but, moreover, it helped in creating self-awareness amongst the ninety young women who participated and in their belief that they can create their own future. DIWA considers this as a stepping-stone to a broader penetration of its women entrepreneurship initiative in the country.