More women in Kashmir take to entrepreneurship: JKEDI

Srinagar: More women, including housewives, are approaching the Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI) to take up enterprise creation as a career option. The Institute said Saturday.
“Although gender gap in the business landscape of the state is too large to be filled so quickly, investing in business-loving women has been a top priority for JKEDI. And the numbers have been showing an encouraging trend especially in the last two years,” JJKEDI said in a press release issued here.
Keeping up with the trend, it said, at least 10 women were among the latest batch of 120 entrepreneurs who passed out from the Institute’s Pampore campus this week after completing their three-week training.
Women candidates shared their experiences and wanted JKEDI to do more about helping the female entrepreneurs, it said.
“I worked a lot for others in private sector, but exploitation of the talent was rampant there. This made me to think of start an entrepreneurial venture of my own. Today I realize that coming to JKEDI was a good decision as I am more confident to become an entrepreneur,” the release quoted an aspiring entrepreneur Naureen Khan as saying.
Naureen believes that “women entrepreneurs see the world through a different lens and, in turn, do things differently. I am anxious to prove it and wish JKEDI is there all the time,” the release said.
Another female trainee said the women business leaders “inspire other women to pursue their dreams,” it said.
“I saw girls in my neighborhood getting enrolled with JKEDI to start their entrepreneurial ventures and it gave me confidence and I also joined the race,” she said, according to the release.
JKEDI said the unemployed youth, who are now ready to start their own business ventures, were exposed to “a comprehensive training course” in its Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP) to equip them “with what they need to start a profitable business.”
The candidates trained were from varied educational background and have chosen manufacturing and services sectors as their lines of activity, it said, adding they also had interactions with successful entrepreneurs.