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    Hyderabad : The Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs (COWE) is to organize the 6th COWE Trade ...

    COWE encourages women entrepreneurs for Social Entrepreneurship

    Hyderabad : The Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs (COWE) is to organize the 6th COWE Trade Carnival 2013 in Hyderabad from 7th to 10th June 2013 here at Sri Sathya Sai Nigamagamam, Sri Nagar Colony,

    COWE President P. Soudhamini

    Hyderabad. The four-day trade carnival with the theme Gearing Women towards Social Entrepreneurship is to be inaugurated by Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Smt D. Purandeswari on 7th June 2013 informed Mrs. P. Soudhamini, President COWE. The trade carnival which has become a much awaited affair over the last five years provides a platform for Women Entrepreneurs to display and market their products to a wider and larger section of society. The trade carnival showcasing women entrepreneurship will be open to public from 10 am to 7 pm till 10th June 2013. The entry to the Trade Carnival is free.

    COWE is persuading women entrepreneurs to do business with social consciousness. COWE is emphasizing on social entrepreneurship as it will benefit both entrepreneurs and the country. It is encouraging women to do business in such a way that it not only generates profits but also creates a social value. Women Entrepreneurs should attempt to address and solve problems in healthcare, water and sanitization, education, skills development along with keeping the business perspective informed COWE President Mrs. P. Soudhamini.

    Women entrepreneurs are breaking the glass ceiling in many male dominated sectors and now we want women entrepreneurs to be the change-agents in the society, making the best of opportunities and improve systems, taking a new approach to problems and creating solutions that create social value, said Ms. Girija, Vice Presdient, COWE.

    Social responsibility movements and social entrepreneurship are on the rise in the recent times. Women entrepreneurs like Chennais Smt. Mangalam Balasubramaniam of Exnora, Hublis Shravani Hagardi of Safe Hands 24×7 and our own Hyderabads Smt. Namita Banka of Banka Bio Toilets have already made a mark for themselves. The participating of these social entrepreneurs and others in the COWE Trade Carnival will inspire and encourage more women entrepreneurs towards social entrepreneurship, said Mrs. P. Soudhamini. COWE is gearing women towards social entrepreneurship, by exposing women to new ideas that make business sense and also create solutions to social issues.

    Smt. Mangalam Balasubramaniams Exnora Green Pammal is a non-governmental organization which works with residents, authorities, schools and the private sector to minimize waste and pollution. Exnora is into responsible solid waste management.

    Shravani Hagardis Safe Hands 24×7 is an innovative venture employing women security guards so as to help promote the ideas of gender equality, provide women with the ability to become financially independent.

    Namitas Banka Bio Toilets is engaged in promoting and development innovative environment friendly products and services for Human Waste Management System especially where conventional toilets facility cannot be made available.

    With the impetus of the Project Sanitation taken up by COWE, it is to embark on the next move to create enterprises run by women in the field of sanitation. We are putting in plans to train women to manage and maintain public conveniences as an income generating source, informed Ms. Geeta Goti, Secretary, COWE.

    We need many social entrepreneurs to provide innovative solutions in crucial areas such as healthcare, education, skills development, etc. Entrepreneurship helps in economic development through job and value creation whereas social entrepreneurship provides solutions to societys most pressing social and environmental challenges hence the theme for this years carnival Gearing Women towards Social Entrepreneurship.

    As part of the Trade Carnival a round table conference — Strengthening Women Entrepreneurship in India: Role of BMOs (Business Member Organisations) & Associations will be held at Hotel Avasa, Madhapur on 8th June 2013. Panelists from several organizations such as Indian Industries Association, Madhya Pradesh Laghu Udyog Nigam Ltd., Federation of Madhya Pradesh Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FMPCCI), Udaipur Chamber of Commerce & Industry (UCCI), ZDH SEQUA Germany, etc. and others will participate in the conference.

    The four-day Trade Carnival will showcase products by women entrepreneurs such as Corporate Gifts, Designer Wear, Fashion Accessories, Handicrafts, Home Dcor items, etc. For existing and budding women entrepreneurs it offers business opportunities as well as awareness on social entrepreneurship, informed COWE Secretary Ms. R. Rama Devi.

    Women still represent a minority of all entrepreneurs and face many problems which prevent them from realizing their full potential as entrepreneurs. The Trade Carnival is organized with an aim to provide a platform for women entrepreneurs to showcase their products, widen market opportunities, test market, have B2B interactions and provide networking opportunities. The carnival will also serve as an encouragement and inspiration to women who would like to do something on their own. COWEs stall at the Trade Carnival will provide all the assistance right from choosing the right business to loans to growth plans.

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