What is the Udyogini Yojana?

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Implemented by the Women development corporation, Udyogini is a scheme to provide subsidised loans to aspiring women entrepreneurs from rural and underdeveloped areas. The scheme aims to promote women's entrepreneurship, financial empowerment, and self-reliance by offering necessary financial support. The Udyogini scheme also aims to build micro-enterprises that support the overall growth of the country.

Features of Udyogini Yojana scheme

The scheme extends interest-free loans to women from all sections of society who are looking to fund their small businesses.

  • High-value loan amount
    Applicants can avail of a loan of up to Rs. 3 lakh under this scheme, provided they meet the essential eligibility criteria.
  • Loans are available for 88 small-scale industries
    With the Udyogini loan, you can start businesses categorised under 88 small-scale industries. Some of them are fisheries, bakeries, groceries, tailoring shops, libraries, and more. Interest-free loans under this scheme are also available for women starting a business in the agriculture sector.
  • Training for skill development
    This scheme also aims to impart functional skills to women regarding business planning, pricing, costing, feasibility, and more alongside financial support.
  • Up to 30% loan subsidy
    The government proposes up to a 30% subsidy on loans extended under this scheme to make repayment affordable for women.
  • Transparent evaluation of the beneficiary
    The evaluation process of the Udyogini Yojana application form ensures a transparent assessment for beneficiary selection.

Eligibility criteria to qualify for a loan under Udyogini

Aspiring women entrepreneurs can apply for funding once they have met the below eligibility criteria:

  • Applicant should be aged between 18 years to 55 years.
  • The applicant's family income should be less than Rs. 1.5 lakh.

The upper limit for income is not applicable for women falling under special categories like disabled, widowed, or destitute.

Documents required for a loan under Udyogini Yojana

  • Aadhaar card or below poverty line (BPL) card
  • Essential certificates like a certificate of income and birth certificate
  • Photocopy of a bank passbook with details such as the account holder's name, name of the bank and concerned branch, account number, IFSC and magnetic ink recognition (MICR) codes.

Alternatively, women entrepreneurs can also avail of a Bajaj Finserv Business Loan for Women at competitive interest rates. These loans are collateral-free and provide funds up to Rs. 80 lakh with simple eligibility criteria and minimal documentation.

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