From Resilience to Growth: Supporting Women-Led Rural Microenterprises Through COVID and Beyond

Partners: World Bank and Ministry of Rural Development

This three-part series of webinars was convened to share insights from ongoing programs at LEAD, the World Bank and partner organisations, and discuss practical solutions to aid the recovery and growth of rural micro-enterprises under the ‘new normal’ economic scenario. The discussions examined issues faced by rural micro-enterprises, specifically focusing on home-based businesses (HBB) and growth enterprises. Following are the themes for this webinar series:

  1. Part 1: Survival mode: Sustaining in the times of COVID
  2. Part 2: The new normal: Preparing for rehabilitation and recovery
  3. Part 3: Integrating rural enterprises into India’s entrepreneurial ecosystem 

The knowledge-sharing from the webinars is expected to inform policy and programmatic interventions, including the DAY-NRLM and the National Rural Economic Transformation Project’s response and future strategy for supporting rural micro-enterprises.

Featured Speakers:

  • V Anantha Nageswaran, Member, PM’s EAC and Advisor, LEAD at Krea University
  • Deepthi Ravula, CEO, WE hub
  • Vaishali Nigam Sinha, Chairperson, CII National Committee on Women Empowerment
  • Shubhalakshmi Nandi, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Catch the recording of the talk live: part 1, part 2 and part 3.