While Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) promotes bigger players, initiatives like Mahila Haat promotes indigenous handicraft and empower women entrepreneurs, leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj said.
Praising the initiative of Mahila Haat, Swaraj said that such initiatives make small entrepreneurs self-dependent. She added that women involved in handicraft works craft their products through their talent in the household but they don't get the market to sell their products.
Speaking on the topic, Swaraj said, "Mahila Haat would serve as a market for the women entrepreneurs specially residing in the walled city area of Delhi where they had restrictions of moving out and market their products."
Swaraj was speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the Mahila Haat that took place following a delay of over three years. She inaugurated the Mahila Haat on the top of the underground parking lot at Aruna Asaf Ali Marg near Delhi Gate on Saturday.
The leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha also announced that 10 per cent of total stalls in the Haat would be reserved for women belonging to the Old Delhi regions.
Around 40 women entrepreneurs have put their stalls in the Haat selling a range of handicrafts and artifacts such as hand-woven clothes, handmade ornaments and jewellery. In addition, the Haat has a food court that serves various Indian cuisines.
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