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SHG women going places

By Our Staff Reporter

KURNOOL, FEB. 8. Women of successful self-help groups (SHGs) have emerged as the much sought-after resourcepersons for promotion of social mobilisation process in the State.

Many women have got assignments to work in other districts and some have been even deputed to other States.

Jubedabi, an illiterate woman from Kalva village, who joined the SHG movement seven years ago as member of the group, rose to the level of resourceperson and is currently on a tour of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh to analyse the basic problems of groups and suggest remedies. She is paid a remuneration of Rs. 5,000 per month. After she became a member of the group, she has enrolled herself as learner at the adult education centre.

Women of SHGs have also proved to be good motivators. They have successfully revived hundreds of defunct groups and started new groups bringing the residual poor into the fold of the organisation. Some times, they have even proved to be better field persons than fresh graduates. Because they stay and live with the poor, they could speak in the same jargon of the target group, rich in experience and, finally, they can give the first hand account of the fight against poverty.

SHG women in Orvakal have been acting as resource person for quite some time.

The Chief Executive Officer, Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty (SERP), P. Viajaykumar, who was amused by the talent of women, took time off and interacted with the activists from Kurnool, Anantapur and Mahabubnagar districts at SMELC in Orvakal near here on Sunday.

Mr. Vijaykumar told The Hindu that they had been planning to select 1,200 women activists from various districts and employ them as resource persons to further strengthen the movement.

The poor, who have been left out of the thrift movement, can be motivated only by women who have benefited from the movement. The activists are living examples of the movement.

It is important to note that about two-thirds of them are illiterate. To avoid the problem, at least one literate woman is made member of a three-member group. The members are paid a remuneration of Rs. 150, besides travel expenses.

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