Support to Training and Employment Programme for Women (STEP)

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Support to Training and Employment Programme for Women (STEP)


STEP advocates an integrated package of inputs aiming at the selfreliance and empowerment of women by enhancing their productivity and enabling them to take up income generation activities. The ultimate endeavour of each project should be to develop the group to thrive on a self-sustaining basis in market place with minimal Government support and intervention after the project period is over.

The scheme aims at:

Mobilising women in small viable groups and making facilities available through training, Provide access to credit and other inputs.
Provide training for skill up-gradation Enable groups of women to take up employment-cum-income generation programmes of their own, or to access wage employment.
Provide support services for further improving and employment conditions of women and for access to health care, literacy, legal literacy, and other information.

Nature of assistance

a) 100% assistance.

  • Project staff and administrative cost.
  • Training-stipend, training of trainers, skill upgradation/reinforcement, training-cum-production centers and raw material for training.
  • Support to members for formation of co-operative societies, producers, workers co-operative, leading to formal legal organisations.
  • Support services - Education, general awareness, health care sanitation, nutrition/crèche facilities for dependent children. Wherever convergences of these services are not available these will be provided as part of the project cost.
  • Marketing support - Marketing/sales personnel, stock provision and buyers’ credit, godowns, marketing outlets, quality control and managerial support.

b) 50% assistance

Construction of individual work sheds and production centre not related with training – 50% of the total cost on this component will be borne by the Government of India and 50% to be borne by implementing agency.

c) Working capital/raw material requirements

Financial assistance will be provided for working capital and raw material in a phased manner, starting with 100% during first year, 50% in second year and 30% of third year of the project. This phrasing is considered essential to minimise the otherwise exorbitant costs and also with the ultimate aim of the STEP project to make these projects selfsufficient or reach them to a status where the beneficiaries of the STEP project will meet their requirements as an individual.

Who can apply?

Public Sector Organisations, District Rural Development Agencies, federation, cooperatives and voluntary organisation – Non-Public Sector Organisations working in rural areas with legal status as a society registerEd under societies.