From dependence to self-reliance

One of the biggest challenges that we face after formation of Self help groups with women in rural areas isMs. Bhagwati teaching students sewing at Deepalaya Sewing Centre, Someshwar, Uttarakhand proper documentation, maintenance of accounts and Minutes book – one of the preconditions of banks for loan disbursement. These women have stayed either in purdah or were confined to four walls of their house throughout their life and most of them are illiterate. The SHG microfinance program has given them a platform to explore their potential, earn a living, learn new things and add to their family income. They have moved on to take the lead in village politics and some have been able to make a place in this male-dominated society. Acknowledging the need for extensive training, our SHG team has been conducting training and capacity building programs. One such program was conducted at Deepalaya SHG Microfinance office at Someshwar, Almora (Uttrakhand).

Ravi - Embracing self-reliance

Ravi was only 6-years old when he lost his father. His mother, though an educated woman, was a homemaker. Ravi is reading book in library in Deepalaya School Kalkaji ExtensionGoing by the family tradition, his father never allowed her to work after marriage. When his father died, it became all-the-more difficult for her to find a job to serve Ravi and his little sister. Finally, she landed up in an export house and started cutting threads and was paid on piece rate basis. However, the compensation was a pittance compared to the kind of money required for educating the kids. Somehow she managed to educate Ravi till 5th in a private school and enrolled his sister in a government school but then the school shifted to a different place. It was difficult to afford the to and fro expenses.

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Global CSR Excellence & Leadership award presented by ABP News to Deepalaya