Organizing Women to Improve Health in India



To help 10,500 poor, marginalized women in 35 rural villages in Bihar, India organize self-help groups, escape money lenders, increase income, manage their savings, improve their health and education.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

In densely populated Bihar, over 70% of the people live in poverty. Most belong to socially marginalized castes. Women are especially disadvantaged. Only 11% of women are literate. Many girls marry before they are 18. Women suffer from lack of maternal health care, unwanted pregnancies, and closely spaced births. They lack vital health knowledge and have a limited role in decision-making. Women do not have a chance meet to discuss how to solve their priority problems.

How will this project solve this problem?

Activites include providing high quality community-based reproductive health care services, and training in women's leadership and organization.

Potential Long Term Impact

Reduce unwanted pregnancies and increase average spacing between wanted births; Increase percent of women obtaining pre-natal care and assistance at birth by a trained health professional; Increase credit provided to women's group members

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $550

Funding Policy: subsidized/guaranteed

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $550 as of Feb 26, 2004.  The original project funding goal was $16,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Thanks to 3 donors like you, a total of $550 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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