AVVAI

Empowering girls through education

AVVAI Project started in 2015 with a two crore CSR grant from MSSL Motherson Sumi Systems Limited as a sustainable model of financial inclusion and continues to allocate funds to low income families to cover the expanding demand of affordable, easily accessible loans for girls’ education. The loan and repayment scheme ensures a continuous opportunity to support future generations of girls in need, while the interest received from the repayments, funds supplementary education programs.

Issue

In rural India, girls face particular challenges with access to education, because the priority to educate the girl child is low. Coupled with rising costs of education and a lack of institutional financial support, the girl child’s education is often compromised, resulting in low literacy levels and low quality of life.

Solution

Education is the key for women empowerment, to create a better and brighter future by helping a woman realize she is a vital part of society. The AVVAI project also provides guidance and counseling and helps the young women to select their jobs and build career paths.

The AVVAI project, started in 2015, with the MSSL grant of Rs.2 crore and the resources generated have so far benefited 9404 girl students in 75 settlements.

Revolving Fund Rs.17,690,000

Educational Materials Rs.2,100,000

Scholarship Rs. 210,000

1280 students benefited from the annual summer camps organized on various topics by AVAG to upgrade their skills and enhance their capabilities. More than 100 students have participated in cultural and sports activities of the organization.

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Impact

AVVAI project plays a major role in supporting girls from rural communities in our working area - Vanur Block Villapuram, to pursue education which would otherwise be out of their financial reach, and to strengthen the girls’ curriculum through supplementary education programs.While providing easy and flexible access to low rate loans, the project is a key component in empowering women and girls through leadership and participation.

The girls also participate in other activities of this project. Like the summer camp, sports and cultural training, this includes structured activities for self-reflection and discovery to improve their skills and capacity to think critically and responsibly. Girls have subsequently demonstrated more freedom to express and choose the course they wish to pursue for higher studies.

Through this project women are getting better recognition within their families and the communities they live in, as well as more possibilities to participate in the decision-making processes at the family and collective level which boosts their self-confidence.

More years of education reduces the chances of early marriage of girls and increases the chances of better employability of women.