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There are over a billion people with disabilities around the world. In developing countries, 80% to 90% of people with disabilities of working age are unemployed. In these countries, having a disability often leads to poverty. Unemployment among people with disabilities is a major concern.

EquallyAble endeavours to help 100 people with disabilities in the West Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh, India, to start their own businesses. As part of the GiveHope1000 initiative, EquallyAble by making this award available to the Consumer Protection Counsel (CPC) of India, by making this award it is hoping that CPC who bring a positive change in the lives of those with disabilities by seeking innovative farming techniques and systems.

The following businesses will be considered:

  • Barkalu rental business: Barkalus are thick blankets made of plastic bags that are used to harvest rice grains from rice paddies. The recipient of this business can earn an income by renting the Barkalu to local farmers
  • Bio-pesticide and bio-fertilizer production
  • Small scale rice mills to remove the husk from rice grains
  • Tea stalls on main roads
  • Fruit and vegetable stalls
  • Air-filling machines
  • Fish collection trays
  • Sugarcane juice machines

The above businesses were chosen because they are important to individuals with disabilities living in the rural areas of Andhra Pradesh, India where the CPC will identify 100 worthy beneficiaries. Furthermore, it is expected that these business concepts are expected to have a high success-rate in that region.

This is not the first time that EquallyAble and the CPC have partnered on a project. In 2011, the two organizations worked successfully together to provide solar-powered sewing machines and water-powered grinders for grinding spices and grains as income-producing opportunities to people with disabilities living in rural areas.

The purpose of the GiveHope1000 initiative is to help people with disabilities provide for themselves and their families. Each small business costs less than $500. Each recipient of a business is matched with a business concept for which he or she has the requisite skills or for which he or she can be easily trained. By providing the recipient with a small business he or she can operate, EquallyAble and the CPC hope to provide the recipient with the dignity and self-respect that comes from being able to provide for oneself and one’s family.