Kutchina Foundation inaugurates Women Empowerment Centre

Kutchina, the only holistic kitchen solutions brand in India, as part of their CSR initiative inaugurated a Women Empowerment Centre at Hungerford Street on the occasion of International Women’s Day.

The occasion also witnessed a coffee table meet on Women Empowerment through Social Entrepreneurship with esteemed guests like Smt. Chandrima Bhattacharya, Chairperson- West Bengal Medical Services Corp. Ltd, Ms. Agnimitra Paul, Fashion Designer, Ms. Parno Mitra, Film Actor and Ms. Oindrilla Dutt, Entrepreneur. Also present on the occasion was Mr. Namit Bajoria, Director, Kutchina & Honorary Consul of the Republic of Macedonia.

Kutchina had introduced their flagship initiative, Kutchina Krritika in 2015 under which they provide fellowship to support women from various walks of life who are creating an impact in the lives of the underprivileged sections of the Indian society.

So far, Kutchina Foundation has identified and extended support to the following women under the initiative:

- Manika Sarkar who has been working against the women trafficking, especially child trafficking

- TumpaAdhikary is working towards the well being and education of the children of the red light areas. Her aim is to encourage children from these areas to make them talk about their fears of lives as well of their peers, leading to better protection mechanism from sexual abuse

- Jacinta is from Jharkhand and is a tribal poet & writer. She works on creating voice for Dalit women and girls in the tribal heartland of Jharkhand. She is just back from Europe with her bag pack full with poems and stories. She has been awarded for her amazing work on literature among tribal and Adivasi women in Jharkhand by Germany.

- Pratima runs her own organization among the extremely marginalized communities in Bihar. She herself has gone through mental and physical trauma due to early child marriage. She has learnt why education is the mainstay for women empowerment. Now with her organization she works among girls of the musahar (rat eaters) community in Bihar. She is creating waves in the field of education in the state.

- Baidehi is from Orissa and is regarded as the game changer in sports and girls in the state. She belongs to a very humble family and has been an inspiration for many girls in Orissa. She runs from one school to another in Orissa to promote sports among girls. She believes sports can really help girls to get united and become empowered.

- Sutapa from West Bengal is a champion in martial arts and works with one of the leading martial arts institutes in the outskirts of South 24 Parganas including Sundarban areas. She believes that every girl should be taught self defense.

- Samim runs a food business with marginalized women in the slums of Guwahati, Assam. She believes in creating a livelihood option for women survivors of domestic violence. Her work has created a strong community of women who have not only overcome the pains of domestic violence but also created powerful enterprises. She runs a catering initiative called Lunch Box.

Mr. Namit Bajoria along with the eminent personalities present there, felicitated the 7 superwomen commemorating their success in their respective fields of work.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Namit Bajoria, said, “We, at KutchinaFoundation, relentlessly work towards identifying, empowering and rewarding women of substance from the disadvantaged sections of our society. The success that these 7 Krritikas have been able to achieve is remarkable and I pledge to extend my support to their projects in future as well. Through this Women Empowerment Centre we would also like to make this support even more accessible to women who do similar work for the betterment of the society”.