The programme, Swashakt: Empowering women through collective-based approaches, is Urmul's project funded by the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) under the Swashakt program supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The project aims to generate evidence on policy-relevant interventions that enhance the viability, scalability and returns for women’s collective enterprises, thereby promoting women’s leadership and economic empowerment. The goal of this programme is to generate high quality evidence to inform the National Rural Livelihood Mission because it is the single largest platform in India for forming and operating women’s collective enterprises. The focus of this programme is on the interventions serving non-farm and off-farm women’s collective women that come together in a common economic activity such as those registered as a company or cooperative or informal cluster that access markets together drawing on business principles as well as leveraging social capital. Moreover, the programme aims to expand and increase economic and social returns: build women leadership; and expand technical and business strength of existing women women’s collective enterprises.
Urmul Trust with its funding partner under Swashakt programme has been working with women artisans of Western Rajasthan. To empower women artisans, team Urmul works at grassroot level from the identification of interested artisans to train them in a particular craft. The aim of these trainings is to connect the women artisan with the market which are not limited to polishing their skills in craft but also focus on social securities, health, education, technological advancement and business management.