GUWAHATI, Dec 13 � US Ambassador Nancy Powell today congratulated the Guwahati-based Foundation for Social Transformation (FST) for its award of a US State Department Women�s Economic Opportunity grant.
The grant, signed in late September, supports FST�s project aimed at the economic empowerment of women across North-east India. It was awarded by a panel of experts in Washington.
Powell said that the US State Department was committed to providing economic opportunities for women and developing trade throughout South and Central Asia. �The Foundation for Social Transformation�s project takes Secretary Hillary Clinton�s vision for the New Silk Road one step further by increasing regional linkages and women�s economic prosperity through trade and investment,� she said.
The project targeting approximately 150 women across Assam, Nagaland and Manipur is aimed at imparting intensive, tiered training, capacity building programmes, and seeding entrepreneurial efforts with the ultimate goal of improving these women�s economic condition.
The women will receive training in eco-friendly livelihood skills linked to locally available resources and employment opportunities, as well as soft skills training.