Internationally recognized Ambekar Institute for Labour Studies offered an opportunity to
Shaila Limaye through INTUC, a national level labour union, to attend a course on Management
of Small-Scale Businesses in Israel. She had the opportunity to conceptualize and present
her Project SECOW - Self Employment by Cooperation of Women during her training at
'Histadrut' in Israel. This project was very well received. SECOW was undertaken by MMCT
to test the validity of concepts of SECOW in practice. SECOW was aimed at giving gainful
employment to women from underprivileged section of society and thus make them financially
independent & confidant.
SECOW is based on following tenets:
Women would have the motivation to join such project; commitment and persistence to
spare time to take up requisite training from their daily activities, as they would be
getting meager monetary compensation for the time spent during training.
Skills needed for services as well as management and organization of such project
could be imparted to women who have minimal or no formal education.
Initially, the primary goal of MMCT was to provide self-employment avenues to underprivileged
women. This included production of handmade, hygienic food products like ghadichi poli
(traditional Maharashtrian soft chapati), dry chutneys and pickles, as well as cloth and jute
utility products with or without embroidery. MMCT trained these women to produce on commercial
basis to generate income. Over the years, our 'maitrins' have emerged as able and confident women.