Dolly Aziz Award of Excellence presented to Rural Women’s Entrepreneur Federation (RWEF), Illinur on August 9, 2012

Dolly Aziz Award of Excellence presented to Rural Women’s Entrepreneur Federation (RWEF), Illinur on August 9, 2012

Dilshad Deyani, an advisor to Asia Initiatives, instituted this award in the name of her mother, Dolly Aziz, to be given for Service and Compassion for Community. At the advice of M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, the 2012 award was given to the Federation of Self Help Groups in Ilinur. MSSRF has been implementing a bio industrial watershed project in this area since 2007 and off farm livelihoods has been a major focus.  The Rural Women’s Entrepreneur Foundation has started many enterprises including selling of fertilizers, dairy units and vegetable production. In recognition of their hard work and organization, MSSRF has recommended the award to them, with an understanding that the funds will be used towards purchase of a piece of land for RWEF offices

Dilshad Deyani, an advisor to Asia Initiatives, instituted this award in the name of her mother, Dolly Aziz, to be given for Service and Compassion for Community. At the advice of M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, the 2012 award was given to the Federation of Self Help Groups in Ilinur.

MSSRF has been implementing a bio industrial watershed project in this area since 2007 and off farm livelihoods has been a major focus.  The Rural Women’s Entrepreneur Foundation has started many enterprises including selling of fertilizers, dairy units and vegetable production. In recognition of their hard work and organization, MSSRF has recommended the award to them, with an understanding that the funds will be used towards purchase of a piece of land for RWEF offices.

On August 9, 2012, Dr. Hopper, Director of MSSRF Echotechnolgy, escorted the Asia Initiatives team from New York, Singapore and Tokyo to Illipur to visit RWEF, and other water harvesting and well projects in the area. Dr. Geeta Mehta, Founder of Asia Initiatives and President of the New York Chapter, presented the award at a ceremony in Illipur attended by about 70 women members.  The executive office bearers of the Federation received the award.  A short video of the ceremony is at