IMPACT: Village Women’s Empowerment Initiative

KOC 102-201
  • Explore a rural women’s empowerment initiative and interact with group members and locals
  • See a handloom weaving demonstration
  • Visit a village (the majority of the Indian population still lives in villages)
  • Enjoy a traditional local dish served on banana leaves (and help prepare it!)
Program Overview
Country: India
Depart: 03/02/2017 1000
Return: 03/02/2017 1800
Duration: Full-Day
Difficulty: Easy
Capacity: Min 15 / Max 70

IMPACT Opportunity

Program Fee
$77 (early booking: $73)

Field Work Conflicts
  • MGT 340 Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship
  • HDFS 101 Individual and Family Development

Be inspired and motivated by this progressive women’s empowerment initiative.

This field program provides a great cross-cultural exchange opportunity in a village near Kochi town – Chendamangalam. Here you will learn about the state of Kerala’s holistic rural development program, Kudumbasree. Started in 1998, their mission is to eradicate poverty in rural areas through teaching women skills like organic farming, weaving, and handicrafts.

Kudumbasree is built on the belief that “Women have a vital role to play in environmental management and development and their full participation is essential in achieving sustainable development.” This empowerment group is comprised of economically-disadvantaged rural residents that save and place money in a communal fund. These funds are managed communally and distributed out to group members as micro-loans, allowing members to start their own ventures, make an income, and lift themselves out of poverty.

Additional activities throughout the day will include: witnessing a traditional folk dance, enjoying a Keralan meal in a banana leaf, learning about handloom weaving, taking a walk through the village, and interacting with locals.

Meals Included

Traditional non-vegetarian meal served on banana leaf