Lanjigarh: Vedanta Limited, Lanjigarh, India’s premier producer of metallurgical grade alumina, recently observed the sixth Shaktimayee Foundation Day. The event celebrated the achievements of the Shaktimayee Foundation, a collective of women Self Help Groups (SHGs) supported by Vedanta Limited, Lanjigarh in partnership with the Mahashakti Foundation, an organisation working towards livelihood development among less-privileged groups. Commencing its operations in 2016, the Shaktimayee Foundation today is an enthusiastic group of nearly 4,000 women entrepreneurs across the districts of Kalahandi and Rayagada.
Formed under Vedanta’s Project Sakhi, an initiative to empower women through skill training and livelihood generation opportunities, the group has helped spark social transformation through its member network.
As part of the Shaktimayee Foundation Day activities, Vedanta Lanjigarh organised several events including the release of the Foundation’s Annual Report FY21-22, awarding best-performing SHGs, and recognising individual members who had successfully built income generation projects. The group’s members also collectively brainstormed on its way forward and possible new projects. Commending the members of Shaktimayee Foundation, GG Pal, Deputy CEO, Alumina Business, Vedanta Limited said, “Through the Vedanta Sakhi project, we are expanding the income creation avenues available to women in Lanjigarh and its surrounding areas, in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals of Gender Equality, Reduced Inequalities, Decent Work & Economic Growth, and Sustainable Communities.”