The project has helped the community in sourcing financial assistance for agri inputs as well as gaining access to the existing public welfare schemes. For a woman who was struggling to make ends meet for her family, her efforts have transformed lives of 700 households in six villages.
In the category of Education, the Award was conferred to Kalpana Gagdekar for her outstanding accomplishment in regaining dignity and hope for her community of 'denotified and nomadic tribes' and for inspiring completely neglected sections of the society to strive, succeed and restore their rights.
In the category of Health, the CII Foundation Woman Exemplar Award 2014 was conferred to Ms Lata Mane for her catalytic efforts in bringing hope, inspiration, confidence and dignity to Female Sex Workers by fighting social stigma and creating awareness on HIV-AIDS prevention in the slum areas of Ghatkopar, Mumbai city.
This year the Award was brought under the aegis of the CII Foundation and is called "CII Foundation Woman Exemplar Awards." Bajaj Group is the presenting Partner and HSBC is the contributing partner of the Award.