Rajouri: Jammu and Kashmir is witnessing a transformative wave as women embrace entrepreneurship through the UMEED Scheme under the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM), marking a significant stride in women’s empowerment.
The visuals showed women preparing and selling pickles as part of their small business.
One of the members associated with the UMEED scheme said that the scheme has helped in the decline of unemployment among the women in the area.
“We made people aware of the NRLM UMEED scheme, and at present all the women in the Panchayat have joined this scheme due to which our unemployment has been declining rapidly.” she said.
The UMEED Scheme, implemented by the Jammu & Kashmir Rural Livelihood Mission (JKRLM) since 2019, has been steadfastly working to uplift women from marginalized communities, steering them towards sustainable livelihood opportunities.
Jammu & Kashmir has emerged as one of the top-performing states and Union Territories in terms of women entrepreneurs benefiting from the UMEED Scheme. This programme not only empowers women but also creates avenues for them to provide employment opportunities to financially disadvantaged women in their communities.
The UMEED initiative, aligned with the J-K National Rural Livelihoods Mission, is a centrally sponsored scheme designed to foster self-reliance among women. It encourages them to cultivate small savings, ultimately enabling their Self-Help Groups (SHGs) to secure bankable status at reduced interest rates.