The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, presented the grassroot women leader with the CII Foundation Woman Exemplar Award 2017 for their extraordinary contribution. Ms. Kamal Kumbharwas conferred the award in the field of micro-enterprise at the CII Exclusive Award Session held in New Delhi.
Ms Kamal Kumbhar walked out of poverty and a failed marriage to set up Kamal Poultry and Ekta Sakhi Producer Company. Her ventures have enabled 3000 women to run successful poultry farms, doubling their households’ incomes in the drought – prone region of Osmanabad, Maharashtra. A serial entrepreneur, Kamal today owns six different businesses and is a role model business leader. The extraordinary women change makers were recognized as the CII Foundation Woman Exemplars 2017.
The Award is part of the CII Foundation Woman Exemplar Program which focuses on promoting women’s empowerment at the community level by discovering and recognizing those who chose to look beyond their limitations and contributed significantly to positively impact the community. Since its inception in 2005, 38 women have been recognized and supported. The platform aims at celebrating the Women Exemplar Collective with industry leaders, and to spur dynamic learning and exchange among the Women change makers.
In addition to a cash reward of Rs 3,00,000 each given to the Winner.
Selected by an eminent panel from Industry and social sector, the awardees were shortlisted from over 170 nominations received from grassroot NGOs across the country. The award, now in its 13th year, was supported by Synergy Group (in Health category) and Microsoft (in Micro-Enterprise category).