TANYAS, India (UPI) — Beauty salon owner Piyush Patel said he is delighted with the approval of the state government for the first phase of a $10 million project to improve beauty products.
Patel said the government is backing the project with a $1.6 million grant from the government-sponsored International Union of Beauty and Health Promotion.
The state government is funding the first step of the project, which will create 15 beauty salons, one for each state, Patel said.
He said the project will be completed in 2021 and be a major step for the state in the fight against poverty.
The project will also be used to create a new beauty salon for women in rural areas.
The first salon will be in Tanyas in central India.
Piyash Patel said they have a beauty spa for women there now, but this is their first salon in the country.
The $10-million project, funded by the government of India, aims to boost the economy of rural India by creating a network of small businesses and the creation of jobs.
Pritam Dixit, secretary of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, said this is the biggest grant for a rural beauty salon to date.
“It is a huge step forward for rural India,” she said.