I am here again to share with you happiness, light and tranquility on this Diwali from all the 8,000 rural women to save up a little every month. They have now over $ 5 millions, with which they do internal lending for their immediate needs as well as to set up a small income generation program.
Diwali is a festival of lights and candles. It symbolizes the fact that there is more good in us than bad and that we all have to keep working on it. This is what you have been doing for all these women, to stand on their feet, to help their families face difficult times and to come together through their groups and discuss concerns and unload day-to-day's ranting.
The problems in this world are endless, the struggles break us down everyday and yet we all come together to support each other. This is the message we bring from all these women of our area that you are supporting through this project.
Happy Diwali to all of you and we also wish you a great year ahead.
With warm regards,
P..S. Find more about Diwali here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diwali
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We would like to thank you for your support to our project ‘Rural women support their families and villages’.
With this letter, we have attached the annual progress report of this project, for you to know how exactly your donations are creating real change.
Highlights of this year…
~ Total 553 Self Help Groups were there with 8,452 members.
~ 217 women leaders participated in 9 trainings to improve their knowledge of government schemes.
~ Net owned fund in Self Help Groups is Rs. 28 million (USD 560,000).
~ Loan repayment rate was 94%.
This all progress wouldn’t have been possible without your support. Once again many thanks for your continuing faith in our work. Please do share your thoughts on this project and feedback report.
We would like to thank you once again for your continuing support and faith in our work! Your valuable donations have been crucial in helping us make a great difference in people’s lives here in Rajasthan.
We are thrilled to announce that one of our photos has been selected to feature in the Photo Contest 2012 organized by Global Giving. Voting began on August 1, 2012 and will end on August 15, 2012.
Why we want you to Vote for our Photo:
We believe the photo captures the pure spirit of the project ‘Send a Child in India to School for a Year’, and reflects the possibilities that lie ahead. With 3 Clicks, you can help us to win the Photo Contest and the Bonus Cash Prize of $1,000!
How 3 Clicks will Help:
Why this Project:
Children (6-14 years old) in villages of Udaipur, India lack access to quality education for a number of reasons. In some cases they belong to very poor families whose per capita consumption is a little more than Rs. 500/-. Often these children support their family incomes by either working as laborers or performing household chores or looking after younger siblings.
With your vote to this project, the Bonus Cash Prize will help us fund an entire rural school to provide quality education to 25 out-of-school and working children for a year. To learn more about one of our schools, please see the enclosed photo story.
With you at our side, our work is made a little less difficult, and our efforts stretch a whole lot further. We therefore, invite you to support us with 3 clicks. Please share your thoughts on this report.
With many thanks,
Your friends at Seva Mandir
Hope you are well. Half of our monsoon period is over and we have not received any rains. It is a worrisome situation for us. A large number of people in villages were we work, are dependent on agriculture. If it doesn’t rain, the food security for these families will be affected. Therefore, we are hoping that the monsoon may come in its second half and we will receive adequate rainwater in our lakes and wells. We will keep you updated on it.
With this letter, I am sharing with you a story of Devli Bai who is a member of one of the Self Help Groups. Devli Bai has started her own brick factory with the help of the credit she was able to procure from her group. It is you support to this program, which is helping many more women like Devli Bai. You can find the story below my letter.
Once again many thanks for your continuing support to us. We hope to meet with you some day and show you some of our work in villages.
Thanks and regards,
Devli Bai is a member of the Self Help Group in Mohd Phalasiya village since 2002. Her husband Shanta Ram used to work as one of the laborers (brick carrier) in a brick kilning factory which was four kilometers far from their village. In 2008, the entire Self Help Group had applied for a government loan under the Swaranjayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana (also known as SGSY, is an integrated scheme for providing opportunities of self employment to the rural poor which may be individuals or Self Help Groups). The group received around Rs. 300,000 ($ 6,000) under the scheme and redistributed a loan of 50,000 ($1,000) rupees within their group members. Devli Bai was one of the members who received her share of $ 1,000. She took the loan to start her own business of brick kilning
Devli Bai makes 700 to 1000 bricks in a day and employ three people, thus contributing to local economy. Devli Bai herself works only three to four hours in a day and contributes rest of her time looking after her children and family.
Today, her family earns around Rs. 25,000 to 30,000 ($500 to $600) in a year. Though the income from this business is uncertain during monsoon, Devli Bai says she sees her income increasing every year. In future, she plans to increase production as there is a huge demand for bricks in her village and also purchase plastic sheets to keep unburned bricks safe from rain. This way, she will be able to keep expanding her family’s business.
Hope you are well. We are very grateful to your continuing support to our project “Rural women support their families and villages”. I am writing to share with you the progress report of the project. As you know the project aims at bringing rural women together for saving and credit activities (Self help Groups or SHGs). The hope is to instill confidence for women financially and create opportunities for women to share their concerns with one another. In the process the project also provides women with an opportunity to access external sources of finance to initiate a variety of income generation activities.
With your support, the project focuses on empowering women both at individual and collective level. Following are some snapshots of the enclosed mid-year progress report for 2011-12:
Also, below my letter there is a story of a woman who has been benefited by the program you are supporting. I really hope you will enjoy learning more about her.
Thank you once again for your steady support. We hope you will be able to visit us someday. Please do share your thoughts and feedback on the report.
Story of Transformation
Rodi Bai, lives in Falasia. She became a member of self help group (SHG) in her village in March last year. In the beginning she was saving Rs. 25/- every month (USD ½), which gradually increased up to Rs.50/- (USD 1).
She and her husband have three sons, one daughter and a daughter-in-law. The economic condition of her family is not too sound as her husband is the only breadwinner of the family. His income isn’t enough to meet the ends meet. After being a member of the SHG, Rodi Bai thought of reviving her traditional family business of pottery. Unfortunately, she didn’t have enough money to start and the saving which was pooled up by the SHG wasn’t sufficient either to meet her requirement of cash. Subsequently, the SHG applied for a bank loan under a Government Scheme ’SwarnaJayanti Gram Swarojgar’. The group was successful in obtaining a loan of Rs. 312,500 (USD 6,250) from a bank. Rodi was provided with a loan of Rs. 50,000 (USD 1,000) to start her pottery business.
Rodi bai and her husband have started making clay pots and other items. They sell their products in the local and main markets of Udaipur city. Rodi has begun to earn an annual income of Rs. 60,000 (USD 1,200). She has been able to repay more than half of the loan she owes to the bank. Rodi bai and her family is doing well and is very proud of their traditional business.
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