Efforts Towards Women Financial Independece
Kanchi village is situated at a distance of 8km from Bundu block office; it is under Kanchi panchayat, which falls in Bundu block. It was in the FY 2015-16, when JTELP program was initiated in the village of Kanchi through JTDS. Moreover, for the proper execution of the work and smooth functioning of the program GSPEC was formed.
In order to facilitate the work, the Jan Jagran Kendra workers kept a proposal on the formation youth groups in the Gram sabha. After which women youth group was formed on the date of 26th of March 2016 and it was named as ‘Jagriti Yuvati Samuh’. The women youth group comprised of unemployed girls who had completed their schooling and also others who could not, at times these girls go in search of some petty work in nearby villages. Total number of members were 10.
Before associated to JTELP project, the girls would usually stay at home after completing education, doing their household works. There was no interaction between them and
there was not much scope for their stable livelihood. Sometimes they use to go to the other villages for work. There was not much source of income for them. When they joined the JTELP project their group was formed and with their coordination they conducted the weekly meetings which helped them in knowing each other well and they started saving money in the group. In the meeting, they started discussing about the problems and talked about the solutions for example how to abolish child marriage and witch craft and to make sure all the children to take the necessary vaccination and because of their effort lot of changes has come to the village.
This women youth group was formed to help such helpless women and girls, and in order to do so seed capital worth Rs 65,000 was allotted to the youth group through JTDS. A strategy was planned for the efficient utilization of money. From JTDS they got the first installment of Rs 20000 and adding their group savings money they started goat rearing with 10 goats.
From the goat rearing they were benefited with Rs 12,000. After that youth group was engaged in the business of papaya nursery and traditional agricultural practices of turmeric and pulses which includes Kurthi dal, Urad Dal, Arhar dal.From the goat rearing they were benefited with Rs 12,000. After that youth group was engaged in the business of papaya nursery and traditional agricultural practices of turmeric and pulses which includes Kurthi dal, Urad Dal, Arhar dal.
Youth group was able to earn some profit through the business, from papaya nursery they could make in total of Rs 35,000 profit and were able to get a profit of Rs 27,000 by selling the turmeric powder and dal in the nearby local market. Member of the youth group are happy to earn the profit as it helped them to continue their studies and empowered them through the business.