Project Shakti is a rural distribution initiative in small villages. The project benefits HUL by enhancing its direct rural reach and at the same time creates livelihood opportunities for underprivileged rural women. Shakti started with 17 women in one state. Today, it provides livelihood enhancing opportunities to over 65,000 Shakti Entrepreneurs who distribute our productions in more than 165,000 villages and reach over four million rural households.
As per Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, Unilever will increase the number of Shakti entrepreneurs that it recruits, trains and employs from 45,000 in 2010 to 75,000 in 2015 globally.