Sterlite Technologies is committed to transforming everyday living; be it through the company’s offerings or its contributions to society. Over the last two decades the company has proactively undertaken several initiatives related to education, women empowerment, healthcare, community and rural development in the regions it operates. The Jeewan Jyoti Institute located in Ambavane, district Velhe, Pune is - one of the examples of this commitment.
The region in an around Ambavane is underdeveloped as far as economic, health and education parameters are concerned, although it is just 50 kms from the city of Pune. Educational infrastructure is below par. Though the area has 76% literacy, women literacy is extremely low and the present family and social system does not allow rural women to experience the freedom and fee-will to choose their priorities, and thus shape their own future.
The Jeewan Jyoti Institute was setup to enable the women in Ambavane as well 76 surrounding villages, by not only providing them with vocational training opportunities in their formative years, but also ensuring their holistic development as individuals.
Certified six months and one year vocational skills training courses in nursing, tailoring and fashion designing, computers training, beauty culture, are conducted by the institute, thereby providing the students with sustainable income opportunities. The daily transport arrangement and the nutritious meals ensure sustenance of the girl child while pursuing these courses.
The computer courses in MS Office and Data entry have helped in propagating computer literacy in the area and enabled the students to secure jobs in local administrative bodies or private companies. On the other hand, the tailoring and beauty culture courses have motivated a number of students to start their own businesses and become entrepreneurs in the true sense.
Till date, 550 women have been trained directly at the institute, while the outreach efforts have had an impact on more than 800 women. Several of them are well-employed and even support their families. Their ability to earn their own livelihood has brought about in them self-confidence and self –reliance as well as improved their standing in society. Thus, the cumulative impact of this has been on more than 5400 individuals in the region.