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An enterprising bunch of businesswomen

H.S. Narasimha Kumar



SELF HELP: The 12 women who have formed the Navachetana Mahila Swasahaya Sangha.

DAVANGERE: The 12-member Navachetana Mahila Swasahaya Sangha (self-help group) of Arundi village in Honnali taluk is a unique self-help group (SHG) that has proved to be quite enterprising.

The group, which was formed with a capital of Rs. 1,000 in 1999, has diversified into various activities and earns lakhs of rupees a year now.

Recently it bid Rs. 45,000 at an auction for the rights to fish in the local tank and made a profit of Rs. 1,13,865 on the sale of fish in three months. All the members of the group rear earthworms (vermiculture) in their backyard and earn Rs. 2,000 each from the sale of manure and Rs. 4,000 each by selling earthworms every three or four months.

Seven members of the group took up apiculture and earned a profit of Rs. 3,850 from the sale of honey in two months. The group bought a maize threshing machine last year when there was a bumper crop and it offered the facility to farmers at their doorstep at a reasonable rate. This activity also turned out to be hugely profitable.

In another enterprising venture, the members set up a fertilizer shop in the village and bought chemical fertilizers from wholesale dealers for Rs. 1.40 lakhs and sold it to farmers of the village for a slight profit.

Apart from this, the group has provided jobs to hundreds of women in the village who make soap powder, phenyl, shampoo, agarbathi, badam powder and spicy food products.

The SHG regularly remits savings in a bank, which, based on its good track record, provided a loan of Rs. 2.52 lakhs to purchase 12 cows. The members later bought 12 more cows. They have already repaid half of the loan. Out of their savings the 12 dynamic women also purchased sheep.

The women, who were once classified as living below the poverty line, are so much better off today that they have contributed thousands of rupees for the development of the local temple and school and to better the lot of poor women in the village.

They have also obtained life insurance of Rs. 25,000 each. When the insurance company told them that they would get an incentive of Rs. 25,000 if they mobilised 100 people in their village to obtain life insurance, the group of course made sure it got the money.

The members take part in gram sabhas and ward sabhas and have been playing a vital role in evolving innovative schemes for the village, apart from selecting beneficiaries for different government schemes. Now the group has such an influence in the area that leaders of Arundi and surrounding villages consult the members before taking up new schemes.

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