Nav Tejaswini Maharashtra Rural Women's Enterprise Development Project


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Maharashtra Rural Women's Enterprise Development Project

Maharashtra is the second-most populous state in India with over 112 million people. 17.4% of the population in Maharashtra live below the poverty line and all districts are to some extent food insecure. The states requires investment in order to address persisting rural poverty, vulnerability to climate shocks, and increasing rates of malnutrition.

The Nav Tejaswini project aims to enable one million poor rural households overcome poverty sustainably while improving rural women’s capacity to develop sustainable enterprises, engage in remunerative employment, and access markets.

The project will support all existing nano and microenterprise clusters, as well as developing new commodity clusters. Target beneficiaries are marginal farmers, livestock/fisheries micro-entrepreneurs, producers of non-farm products, workers in the service sector, and agricultural labourers.

This project builds on the success of the Tejaswini Rural Women's Empowerment Programme.

Status: Ongoing
Approval Date
03 December 2020
2020 - 2027
Credit and Financial Services
Total Project Cost
US$ 413.28 million
IFAD Financing
US$ 51.4 million
Co-financiers (Domestic)
Domestic Financing Institutions US$ 260.74 million
Local Government US$ 96.19 million
Beneficiaries US$ 4.95 million
Financing terms
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Project Contact
Han Ulac Mr Demirag

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On International Women’s Day, IFAD and Govt. of Maharashtra boost commitment to empower 1 million rural women

March 2022 - NEWS

Ahead of International Women’s Day, IFAD and the Government of Maharashtra in India agreed to invest an additional US $12 million, to socially and economically empower 1 million rural women in the state through the Nav Tejaswini project.

India: Radiant Women

June 2020 - VIDEO

"Tejaswini" means “a woman who is radiant”. And the one million Indian women who are part of the Tejaswini Rural Women’s Empowerment Programme, are indeed radiant.