Women’s Day gift from Apollo Tyres
Apollo Tyres has inaugurated a Rubber Sheet Making Unit, only for women, at Vellavoor in Kottayam, Kerala on March 8, 2018, on the occasion of International Women’s Day. Adv S Jayasooryan, Vice Chairman, Rubber Board of India has opened the facility. Panchayat President, Rubber Board members and the team from Apollo Tyres were present at the event. Apollo Tyres plans to replicate this model soon in other Panchayats of Kottayam.
The Rubber Sheet Making Unit will be run by a group of women, trained by Apollo Tyres, in association with Rubber Board, on rubber tapping, sheet making, sheet smoking and general entrepreneurial skills. They are also linked to the rubber dealers to directly market their products from this unit.
With the stepping in of Apollo Tyres, it is expected that the income of women workers would go up to Rs 8000-10,000 per month from the present earning of Rs 1000-2000 per month, that too irregular, the company said.
In the past two years, Apollo Tyres has reached out to nearly 600 women in Kottayam, who had very little or no income, and provided them with alternate sources of livelihood. These women have been trained in jackfruit processing, mushroom cultivation, aquaculture, organic farming and apiculture. The company also provides healthcare facilities by conducting regular health camps and specialised cancer screening camps for around 500 rubber tapper’s families.
This initiative is a part of Apollo Tyres’ Women Empowerment Programme, which is targeted towards providing livelihood skills to underprivileged women in and around the company’s manufacturing facilities in Kerala and Gujarat.