Evaluation of the Project W-GDP: Building Women Entrepreneurs

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SEWA Bharat, a national federation of women-led institutions is implementing the project Udyami– Building Resilience of women entrepreneurs, with the support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The project is being implemented in 10 states in India: Bihar, Delhi, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Nagaland, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, and West Bengal; and aims to reach 135,000 women, with specific focus on women microentrepreneurs and women part of collective social enterprises. SEWA Bharat’s intervention approach is multi-faceted and needs-based, and includes training, community level meetings, and home visits toward social security scheme linkages, market linkages, credit linkages, linkages to childcare support, and health security. As part of its intervention, the project has set up local resource centers called SEWA Shakti Kendras (SSKs) which provide information and support in linkages to social and health schemes and entitlements to women micro-entrepreneurs. PopulationCouncil Consulting (PCC) is documenting the effectiveness of SEWA Bharat’s intervention to reach and assist women micro-entrepreneurs in response to the COVID pandemic. PCC’s approach is a three-pronged, mixed-method evaluation, combining the rigor of quantitative approaches to evaluation with the advantages of qualitative methods and implementation research. The study examines SEWA Bharat’s intervention through three lenses: a) the effectiveness of SEWA Bharat’s project interventions on ‘the pathways to economic resilience’ of SEWA micro-entrepreneurs; b) the mechanism(s) through which SEWA Bharat’s interventions build resilience at the individual and the collective level; and c) the role of institutional and collective factors in building collective resilience.