Tanuja Mule

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“I want to help women be economically independent and start their own enterprises.”

She is crystal clear about her dream for the women in her village: economic independence. Through the Fellowship, Tanuja hopes to influence women to be mentally ready for stepping out of the house, taking risks and starting their own enterprises and build a vision for themselves as enterprise owners.

Tanuja is from Kasegaon, a small village in Solapur. She is crystal clear about her dream for the women in her village: economic independence. Through her own experiences, Tanuja believes that families and society only respect women as individuals with their own identities when they are economically independent, earning a livelihood and significantly contributing to the family income. Therefore, her vision for social change in her village is centered on enabling women to change their own mindsets, believe in their strength and intelligence and be financially independent.

Her motivation stems from her own experience of having absolutely no food in the house which acted as a catalyst for her to step out of her home to earn a living by selling homemade masalas and chutneys. Today Tanuja runs a successful food products business and has ensured that her family will never go to bed hungry.

Through the Fellowship, Tanuja hopes to influence women to be mentally ready for stepping out of the house, taking risks and starting their own enterprises and build a vision for themselves as enterprise owners. Tanuja also wants to build their leadership abilities. Her expectation from the first set of 25 women she plans to support, is that each of them goes out and enables 25 more women to become self-sufficient.

Tanuja’s strategy is to work closely to bring women together, gain their trust, share their problems and collectively find solutions. Once women are ready to explore the world of entrepreneurship, Tanuja will help them get access to micro-credit loans, identify the business enterprise they are most suitable to undertake and provide them with the necessary training and support to achieve their goals in building their capacities as businesswomen.

She is definitely sparking off a movement within her village that is bound to gain momentum and enable women towards financial self-sufficiency!