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Google to support 1 million rural women entrepreneurs in India: Sundar Pichai

A file picture of Google CEO Sundar Pichai.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, on Monday said the company will help one million women in rural villages to become entrepreneurs by providing business tutorials, mentorship and accelerator programmes.

Speaking at an event, Mr Pichai added that Google.org — the philanthropic arm of the technology giant, will provide $25 million in grants globally to nonprofits and social enterprises that are working on empowering girls and women. Additionally, Google.org will be giving a grant of $500,000 to NASSCOM Foundation to support 1,00,000 women agri workers with digital and financial literacy.

“When women have equal access to opportunity, we all benefit from their perspectives, creativity and their expertise, and this is true all over the world. Yet, when it comes to accessing opportunity, deep inequalities persist,” Mr Pichai said, adding that the company is making a new commitment to help one million women in rural villages in India to become entrepreneurs through business tutorials, tools, and mentorship.

He also noted that women are almost twice as likely to lose their jobs during the pandemic and an estimated 20 million girls are at risk of not returning to school.

On the grant to Nasscom Foundation, the company in a statement said, with this grant support, the foundation will reach women agri workers in the six states of Bihar, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh. It will also set up a helpline where the women agri workers will be able to call and receive further counselling on their entrepreneurship related queries.

During the event, the company also announced completion of Internet Saathi program -- the joint effort with Tata Trusts to empower women across rural India with digital literacy skills, that was launched in 2015. Over six years, the effort has benefitted over 30 million women across India through training provided by over 80,000 Internet Saathis, the company said.

Mr Pichai added, “The success of the Internet Saathi program has shown how digital access and digital literacy can help women to reach their full potential and improve their livelihoods.”

“In India, in the past few years, we have invested more than $40 million alongside the entrepreneurs, the innovators, the non-profits who are doing amazing work,” Jacquelline Fuller, Vice President at Google and President of Google.org, said during a virtual briefing.

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