Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Since 1968, Seva Mandir has worked with 360,000 people across 700 villages in southern Rajasthan, one of the world’s poorest regions, where people live on an average of USD 0.35 a day, to build cohesive and inclusive communities whose members are able to participate actively in the local decision-making which affects their daily lives.
Fostering democratic participation in the affairs of the community is the foundation for all of Seva Mandir’s interventions in the region and is a key element of its success in supporting deprived rural communities.
Seva Mandir has worked in partnership with these people, not only to improve their material well-being, but to build stronger and more ethical communities. Through its programs on governance, health, education, sustainable use of natural resources, women’s empowerment, youth development, child care and social enterprise, Seva Mandir makes a tangible and transformative impact.
At Seva Mandir, very modest amounts of money go a very long way toward improving people’s lives, and our success has been recognized through a long list of awards and partnerships with distinguished funders and the Indian government.
We wish to thank you for your continued support.
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Sharing with you two stories of our success:
1. In one of the working area of Seva Mandir, there were clashes between the males. Two groups were formed by them. For the past one year, there were no talks neither any social activity took place between these groups.
Seva Mandir comes to know about this and took the initiative. Self Help Groups of women were formed with the aim to provide women economic stability as well as for the regular communication between the members of the village. The women SHG works brilliantly. This resulted into the social interaction and communication among the women and males of these clash groups.
Together with Seva Mandir’s initiative and the women support, the clash groups are now settling down and things started back on tracks.
2. Dhanu from Pareda had to find work outside village to work as a laborer facing the awful prospects of leaving her three children unattended. She took a loan of INR 15,000 from her self help group to open a local ration shop at her home. Within a year she repaid the loan and interest. Now she is very much able to look after her children who attend school regularly.
Thank you for your support.
Rodi lives in a village of our Jhadol block. Rodi is 60 years old and she is a member of a self help group of this village since March, 2011. She has 3 sons among whom one is married and a daughter.
Rodi started saving with Rs. 25 per month through the self help group and now her saving has increased up to Rs.50 per month. Before joining the group, her economical status wasn’t very good as her husband was the sole breadwinner of the family and he also didn’t earn enough.
With support of the self help group, she thought of starting her traditional business of pottery but she didn’t have the initial capital. The savings collected by her group wasn’t sufficient to meet production needs of members therefore her group applied for a bank loan under SGSY scheme of government. The group was successful in getting a loan of Rs.3,12,500 from bank.
Rodi was provided a loan of Rs.50,000 from the bank loan for starting pottery business by her group. Today Rodi and her husband make and sell pots in the local as well as in Udaipur market. She earns Rs.60,000 annually from this business. Till date she has repaid more than half of her loan. Rodi has become a role model for her group members and other self help groups.
Thank you so much for your continuous support to this program.
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Shishvi is a small village located in Girwa block of Udaipur City, Rajasthan. A five minutes’ walk into the village and you will meet a confident woman running a small shop. Nirmala is the first female in the village to run a shop.
As expected the journey was not easy. Before breaking the societal barriers, she had her family to fight to.
“My husband is into maintenance work. We never had enough money and that created trouble and eventually fights.” Nirmala has three kids- two girls and one boy. Her family was not very supportive.
But Nirmala was determined. She started this shop in 2006. It has been 7 years and she has been increasing her business day by day. She had no education and no money when she thought of opening this shop. She just knew stitching clothes but did not have a sewing machine.
Seva Mandir runs a women’s Self-Help Group in Shishvi where women voluntarily contribute whatever amount they can and mutually agree to save it in their common fund from which small loans can be given to any of their members to meet emergent credit needs. This is exactly what Nirmala was looking for. She happily joined the group, discussed her problem and took a loan of Rs. 10,000. She bought a sewing machine and some cloth from it.
Nirmala then started selling ready-made clothes in Shishvi. This grabbed local women’s attention since this was the only shop with ready-made clothes. Initially she used to sell covertly because the ‘heads’ of the village were against it! But Nirmala stood strong and so did other women.
“All the women here supported and encouraged me. They kept coming to my shop and asked me to be strong as I was doing a good work.”
She returned the first loan in around two years. She then took the second loan of Rs 20,000 from Union bank. She bought saris, more clothes and got more profit. She returned the second loan in 20 months.
After this 18 women took loan together of Rs 25,000 from ZilaUdyog Kendra. In between Nirmala kept taking financial help from Seva Mandir’s self-help group.
Currently there are three shops in Shishvi run by women.
Nirmala earns Rs. 1000 per day from which she keeps Rs. 500 and uses Rs. 500 in buying clothes or other commodities for shop. She makes more than Rs. 1000 in festive season. “I earned Rs. 4000 in Rakhi festival” says Nirmala.
When she started earning respectable money, Nirmala’s family also began to accept her running the shop. They became friendly and encouraged her. “My husband supports me in my work now. In fact he attached some equipment to my sewing machine so that it can run on electricity. Earlier I used to run it manually,” says Nirmala showing her possession-sewing machine.
Nirmala adds confidently that there house was a mud house before. She helped her husband financially in turning it into a cement house. She also participates in decision-making as well.
She is now working with Seva Mandir on one of the projects where she will teach local girls stitching and using sewing machine.
Thank you for your help and support in changing the lives of so many women.
Wishing you a very Happy, Prosperous and Wonderful 2014. Thank you friends for extending peace, love and support to all of us in 2013. We look forward to another great year with you. Year by year, our association is getting stronger. Thank you very much for adding happiness in so many lives.
Today I thought of sharing with you two stories, one of Kanku and another of Devli, they both are members of self help group (SHG).
(1). Kanku is a member of SHG named Shakti Mahila Samuh located in Magwas. She has studied till class 8th and has been a member of this SHG since 2001. She is unmarried and lives with her brother. While working with the SHG, she decided to start her own business of provisional store. She consulted with the other group members and they encouraged Kanku for starting the business. She took a room at rent for shop and took loan of Rs. 5000/- for buying stationary items to be kept in her store. Later, she took again an amount of Rs. 5000/- for increasing her items in the store. Now, she’s earning a profit of Rs. 10,000/- (approx.) every month and also repaying the installments and interest every month regularly. She’s very happy with her business and now looking forward to increase her number of items in the shop. The other SHG members and Kanku has realised the importance of SHG as they could get a good source of income through the interloaning system of SHG.
(2). Devli is a member of an SHG named Shakti Mahila Samuh of Mohd. Phalasiya village, since 2002. Her husband earlier worked as a laborer with other brick kilns in Ogna village. In 2008, she and her husband decided to start their own brick kiln business. Therefore she took a loan of Rs. 8000 from her SHG fund and they started their business on a small scale. Her group then applied for a loan under SGSY scheme of government and they were sanctioned Rs. 3,12,500 for different activities. The group provided Rs. 50,000 to Devli from SGSY loan for upscaling her brick kiln business.
Devli’s family constructs 700-1000 bricks each day. They have employed three laborers to support them in their work. She herself works around three to four hours every day. Devli’s estimate is that her family earns a profit of around Rs. 25,000-30,000 per year. Though the income from this business is uncertain during rainy season, she feels that her income has still increased. In future, she plans to increase production as there is a huge demand for bricks in her area and also purchase plastic sheets to keep unburned bricks safe from rain.
Kanku and Devli always give thanks to Seva Mandir who introduced them to Self Help Group.
Once again thank you so much for your continuous support.
Have an awesome year ahead.
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