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Claflin University helps women entrepreneurs in India

100 women from West Bengal, India completed the training program and became certified business owners.

ORANGEBURG, SC — A new program in Orangeburg aims to help women entrepreneurs in India.

Claflin University has partnered with Visva Bharati University in India for a project to promote female family entrepreneurship.

“A lot of women, they already have skills there, but they’re more like artisans than entrepreneurs,” said Claflin professor Dr Harpal Grewal. whether they’re entrepreneurs, whether they’re managing funds, whether they’re running a business.”

100 women from West Bengal, India completed the training program and became certified business owners.

Grewal says that in May, Claflin will launch a month-long pilot program offering five free online training modules.

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“In rural areas, families have very low incomes. Then there are a lot of constraints,” Grewal said. “So this kind of help not only families improve their income, but also empower women.”

Professor Amit Kumar Hazra led the training in India and says he has seen its success.

“I think in the near future we can see our women artisans become entrepreneurs, and they can exhibit their products, they can get a global market,” Hazra said.

Approximately 65 participants will take part in the pilot program. These participants were selected through an evaluation survey.

The program is scheduled to begin May 15 and continue throughout May.

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