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Livelihood through Flower Powdering

Women with intellectual disabilities stand near their new battery-operated auto-rickshaw
Flower powdering is a livelihood for 35 women with intellectual disabilities in Karnataka. CBM in partnership with CRISIL provided them with pulverizer and auto-rickshaw to increase the flower sand production.

With an aim to improve the livelihood of women with disabilities, CBM joined hands with CRISIL Foundation to provide an e-auto rickshaw and pulveriser to a flower sand production unit in Karnataka. The unit is a livelihood for 35 women with psycho-social and intellectual disabilities. The vehicle and pulveriser will help increase the production of flower sand by helping them collect and powder more flowers.

CBM India Trust in collaboration with CRISIL Foundation equipped the flower sand production unit of Grameena Abyudaya Seva Samsthe (GASS) – a livelihood for 35 women with psycho-social and intellectual disabilities - with a pulverizing machine and a battery operated auto rickshaw.  

The project is implemented with the support of CRISIL Bangalore through their employee engagement programme, CRISIL Change the Scene 3.0. Ms. Veena R and Mr. Ajay Anand from CRISIL India Private Limited inaugurated the pulveriser and e-auto. Mr. Shiva Mohan, Programme Officer from CBM India Trust, and Ms. Amali Naik, Secretary of GASS, blessed the occasion. 

The eco-friendly flower powder is made by 35 women with psycho-social and intellectual disabilities from used flowers that are collected from temples and wedding halls. The produced flower powder has high demand in the market and is used for rangoli, Holi, sand art, aromatic powder and perfumes.

The purchase of battery rickshaw and pulveriser will significantly increase the production of the flower sand, resulting in more income for the women. In addition to helping increase their income, CRISIL volunteers have also facilitated the opening of bank accounts for all the beneficiaries. Furthermore, mass campaigns were also organized in several schools in and around Doddballapur to create awareness on disability inclusion. 

As part of the event, the women also created a rangoli of the logo of Bharatiya Viklang Jan Forum (BVJF), India’s biggest online forum connecting persons with disabilities. The launch of the BVJF web-portal for persons with disabilities, developed by CRISIL Foundation, BVJF and CBM India, is also awaited to be launched this month.
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