Holistic empowerment goes beyond mask distribution

The Karl Kübel Foundation (KKS) and Making More Health (MMH), a social entrepreneurial initiative driven by Boehringer Ingelheim, have supported 20 local leaders from Vimuktha Federation. The women have participated in several health and hygiene awareness training sessions and digital and income generation activities, among them also the production of soap. Most of the women infected by HIV/AIDS have been trained in Community Health care and soap making at KKID over two years. This was very impactful, especially now with the COVID crises, the learnings are even more useful.

Impact is when people empower themselves

In turn, these leaders have trained hundreds of self-help group members in soap making, among other entrepreneurship activities. During COVID – 19 Pandemic, food materials and health kits have been distributed to the poor and needy families. To provide sustainable economic development among these families, Making More Health through KKS has proposed to empower rural women.

In the last two weeks, this has happened:

1. Eight training Programs were conducted, and 120 community members participated with social distance

2. Soaps & masks were provided to the general public and IEC materials distributed to spread awareness on COVID – 19

3. The Vimuktha federation supplied 2250 soaps and 2250 face masks during this reporting period while ensuring income to their members.

The specific crises program has been started in June already and will be ongoing.

As soon as possible, additional health and income generation training sessions will be continued. The network and holistic approach to building an ecosystem where change is possible will be grown at a larger scale.