The Women and Child Development Ministry has tied up with India Post and State Bank of India to offer more payment options to buyers and simplify shipping of products bought from “Mahila E-haat”, an online marketing platform for women entrepreneurs.
SBI users can avail multiple options for making payments such as draft, cheque, e-banking and e-wallet through “SBI Buddy” application. SBI customers abroad can make use of “SBI Global”. Also, one can take advantage of options like “general insurance” for insuring the item being couriered.
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The tie-up with India Post will help women selling products on the forum locate the nearest post office for shipping purposes.
The entrepreneurs can also enter a vendor agreement with India Post, which will help them get a discount on bulk consignments.
“Mahila E-haat”, launched in March, was set up for the socio-economic empowerment of women and sellers can register their products on the platform without having to pay any listing fee.
Around 251 vendors have registered themselves with the forum. They have a network of nearly 1700 self-help groups that put up their products for sale.