Skill Upgradation and Mahila Coir Yojana

The Coir industry is a fast-growing one which provides ample employment opportunities for women. However, there are many women in certain remote villages who do not have the expertise or the opportunity to enter this industry. This is where the government’s Skill Upgradation and Mahila Coir Yojana comes in.


The Skill Upgradation and Mahila Coir Yojana Scheme trains female entrepreneurs from rural areas to use better and enhanced equipment. It provides them with financial assistance to purchase machines that will make their manufacturing processes smoother and improve the quality of their products.


How does a female entrepreneur benefit from this scheme?

A female entrepreneur benefits from this scheme in the following ways:

  1. Skill Upgradation
  2. Entrepreneur Development Programmes (EDPs)
  3. Exposure Tours and Awareness Programmes
  4. Mahila Coir Yojana


  1. Skill Upgradation

Under this section, a female entrepreneur could sign up for exciting short-term courses on various aspects of manufacturing coir products.

The complete list of courses available are as listed here.

A female entrepreneur could check the newspapers for notifications on upcoming courses. In case they are the organisers, they will be notified through the industry association.

Those who sign up will be provided a stipend of up to ₹1000/- per month, depending on attendance of the workers as certified by the trainer.

Note: The stipend is not provided for courses that are conducted upon request from the industry associations or agencies.

For Industry Associations

Industry Associations will be provided financial assistance by the government for conducting training programs. The IA could request the Coir Board to conduct training programmes for their affiliates.

Below is the table displaying the amount of financial assistance provided for arrangement of workshops:

Component Financial assistance
Publicity expenses for arrangement of workshop Up to ₹2,500.00
Expenses incurred for printing invitations and organisation expenses Up to ₹5,000.00
Expenses incurred for stationery, material printing, and paper printing Up to ₹6,000.00
Rental expenses (inclusive of those for venue, audio, and video) Up to ₹10,000.00
Display expenses Up to ₹10,000.00
Honorarium expenses Up to ₹ 8,000.00
Refreshment expenses (lunch and tea) Up to ₹5,000.00
Miscellaneous expenses (documentation expenses) Up to ₹3,500.00
Total Up to 50,000

Below is the table displaying the amount of financial assistance provided for arrangement of seminars:

Component Financial assistance
Printing expenses (printing of invitations, banners, photographs, and stationery) Up to ₹12,000.00
Rental Expenses Up to ₹25,000.00
Faculty expenses (honorarium and hospitality expenses) Up to ₹25,000.00
Refreshment expenses Up to ₹35,000.00
Seminar kit expenses Up to ₹25,000.00
Advertisement expenses Up to ₹25,000.00
Marketing expenses Up to ₹40,000.00
Professional charges Up to ₹10,000.00
Conveyance expenses Up to ₹3,000.00
Total Up to 200,000


  1. Entrepreneur Development Programmes (EDPs)

The Entrepreneur Development Programmes are conducted by the Regional/ Sub-regional Offices of the coir board through an external agency.

Programmes are open to all prospective entrepreneurs and applications are invited through a press advertisement.

The programmes are short, three-day programmes covering various facets of entrepreneurship such as:

  • Setting up an industry
  • Managing finances
  • Exporting goods
  • Learning about Industrial rules and regulations
  • Learning Soft skills with an emphasis on coir industry.

A field visit will be done to the closest coir processing centre at the end of the program to train them with all of the above activities.

Below is the table displaying the components of financial assistance provided:

Component Financial assistance
Advertisement expense (through press) Up to ₹8,000.00
Refreshment expenses (inclusive of lunch and tea) Up to ₹15,000.00

(₹100 per person* for 50 persons* for 3 days)

3 day rental expenses for hall Up to ₹6,000.00
Other expenses (inclusive of expenses for reference materials, printing 10,000.00 charges, and stationery) Up to ₹10,000.00
Staff expenses (faculty) Up to ₹8,000.00
Field visit expenses Up to ₹10,000.00
Miscellaneous expenses Up to ₹3,000.00
Total Up to 60,0000


  1. Exposure Tours and Awareness Programmes

Similar to EDPs, the Exposure Tours and Awareness Programs are short, five-day exposure tours organized by the designated external agency for the prospective entrepreneurs and artisans of coir processing centers.

Travel expenses are reimbursed to the extent of 50% for entrepreneurs and 90% for artisans.

Expenditure incurred per tour is limited up to ₹75,000 inclusive of train and bus fare, toll tax and service tax, and expenses for entering into other states.


  1. Mahila Coir Yojana

The Mahila Coir Yojana is meant specifically for women artisans. Under this scheme, if a female entrepreneur has successfully completed a training programme in spinning of coir yarn through any of the training centers of the Board, they become eligible for spinning equipment at subsidized rates.

75% of the subsidy amount will be credited to the MSME’s account by the concerned regional officer or sub-regional officer upon sanction.


How can a female entrepreneur apply for this scheme?

A female entrepreneur can apply for this scheme in the following ways: 

  • Applications for in-house training through National Coir Training and Design Center will be invited in the form of advertisements (newspapers and electronically) and from regional heads of the coir producing states.
  • Selection to be done at Regional Extension Centers by the center officer and candidates selected by unit owners, NGOs, Industries Department, Trade associations, Co-operatives will be sponsored accordingly.

To apply online, please click here. 

Documents Required

What are the documents required to apply for this scheme?

The documents applied for this scheme is as follows:

  • Annexure II for skill development programmes
  • Annexure V to apply for the Mahila Coir Yojana.

For further details on this scheme, click here.