Empowering The Underprivileged Through Social Initiatives

4 Dec 2017 1:30 PM GMT
Empowering The Underprivileged Through Social Initiatives

After a hectic day at work, we return to the comfort of our homes. Yes, we struggle to make a living, but we also have support in multiple areas.

We don’t have to fend for water – the municipality supplies it to us. We don’t walk to the office and sometimes lose our way in the middle – we rely on maps in our smartphones. Even when we were young, we had the luxury to attend good private schools that helped us transform into who we are today.

We are the ones blessed with privilege.

But what about the other half of our country’s population?

ICICI Bank, through its corporate social responsibility initiatives, is empowering our nation’s underprivileged. It has undertaken seven initiatives to bring about a change in India.

Digital Villages: Being self-made gives us a sense of accomplishment like no other. There are thousands in our villages who wish to start new ventures but lack financial support and the required skills. To give them a chance to run their own businesses, ICICI is providing easy loans, digital banking and market access in villages.

Women Empowerment: Women are the backbone of our society, therefore, making them economically independent and self-reliant is essential. ICICI provides loans and assistance to women-led groups and helps them in starting or expanding their own businesses. It has empowered more than 2.5 million women.

Skill Development: A skill can change a whole family’s future. In an attempt to uplift the underprivileged youth of our nation toward a better tomorrow, ICICI has given free vocational training to over 1,90,000 of them, in both rural and urban sector, through its Academy for Skills and Rural Self Employment Training Institutes.

Education: Our children are our future leaders, therefore ensuring that they receive a good education is imperative. But this can only be made possible when our teachers are capable too. ICICI has sought not only to renew curriculums but train teachers as well. These initiatives have upgraded 950+ schools and ensured better learning experience for students.

Clean India: To set the course for a cleaner India, ICICI has constructed 500 toilets in rural schools and undertaken cleanliness drives around their branches.

Green India: For a sustainable future, ICICI has started tree plantation drives and undertaken initiatives for solar electrification of villages. Many of its branches also run on solar power.

Health: To enable a stronger tomorrow, ICICI has sought to reduce child undernutrition, improve the health of rural women and contribute to surgeries for underprivileged children

ICICI has impacted lives of over 17 million underprivileged people through its initiatives – “Empowering people, transforming lives”. They have begun an extraordinary journey which is crucial for the overall growth of our nation. #TransformingLives

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