|WHO WE ARE - Women Empowerment|
Women are at the centre of the family, society and human relationships. Women have the power to
- nurture, sustain and energize the essence of life.
We help women realise their full potential...
SELF HELP GROUPS
The Self Help Group (SHG) model was successfully introduced by the Chakshu Foundation in Nere Village, near Panvel, in 2005. Since then we have helped form 250 Women’s SHGs, reaching out to over 2,500 women. The primary purpose of these voluntary groups is to expand access to financial services by pooling resources together. Each group, made up of about 10 women, meets regularly to execute plans for income generating activities. These meetings also create a forum for discussing and addressing issues related to family, pregnancy, health, education, and nutrition.
Our objective is to further empower these women, by motivating each SHG to become members of the Federation, recently formed as an umbrella organisation for managing the activities of the SHGs as a co-operative.
ACTIVITIES AND BENEFITS OF A WOMEN’S SHG:
Support 1 SHG for 1 year
›› Rs. 4,000
Tailoring Training for 5 women
›› Rs. 5,000
Asha Madhavi, General store owner, Umroli
“We are farmers by profession but we couldn’t support ourselves by farming alone. We needed another source of income and I decided to take on the responsibility. I took a loan from a Self Help Group of which I am a member and started a General Store.
“At first I kept only a handful of items but over time I have started stocking a variety of daily-need products. I now earn enough money to support my family and want to further expand my shop. Thanks to the guidance of SKS Chakshu Foundation I am financially stable and independent.”
“Our main source of income is farming from June to November. During the rest of the year our field remains unused. An SKS Chakshu Foundation worker suggested setting up a kitchen garden where we could grow vegetables. Because we have our own bore-well, we face no water problems and therefore decided to implement the idea.
“Now we have a steady source of income from selling vegetables throughout the year and we also have cut down on our expenses by growing our own vegetables. Thanks to the Foundation we are able to get the most use of our land.”