Seva Mandir

Seva Mandir's mission is to make real the idea of society consisting of free and equal citizens who are able to come together and solve the problems that affect them in their particular contexts. The commitment is to work for a paradigm of development and governance that is democratic and polyarchic. Seva Mandir seeks to institutionalise the idea that development and governance is not only to be left to the State and its formal bodies like the legislature and the bureaucracy, but that citizens and their associations should engage separately and jointly with the State. The mission briefly, is to construct the conditions in which citizens of plural backgrounds and perspectives can come tog...
Mar 7, 2017

Meena Finds Her Wings

Dear Friend,

Thank you for your interest in changing the world!

Belief is the key that opens doors. We all know that women are powerful souls. All they need is little belief in them and a few opportunities. They know how to open doors for themselves.

Seva Mandir works to create such opportunities for women in rural areas so that they can become financially independent by creating inter-loaning groups and inculcate a habit of savings.

These inter-loaning groups called Self help groups not only give women a facility to save and take loans whenever required, but also give them the platform to discuss socio cultural issues in their village and families.

One such recently empowered girl is Meena. She is the member of newly formed Self Help Group in her village.  She has recently taken loan. On asking about the reason behind taking the loan, she said- “I live in an orthodox joint family in Bagdunda village. I have three children; two sons and a daughter. I have taken loan to give good education to my daughter. Unlike me, I want her to study”.

Meena never got the opportunity to study and hence she never wanted her daughter to go through the same condition. But her husband and in-laws were not in favor of sending the girl to school and always gave financial constraint as an excuse. She knew basic stitching and was earning but not enough to send her daughter to school.  Then she got to know about the Self help group being formed in her village. She immediately became the member of the group and started saving.  Also she got to know about the embroidery training being offered to the SHG group members. It was the blessing in disguise for her. Without wasting any time, she enrolled herself for the training as well. After clearing the certain lending criteria, she took a loan and finally enrolled her daughter to a good private school.

Through her sheer determination, not only she started saving money through SHG but also took a step ahead to become financially self sufficient and take her decisions independently. This is just a story of one Meena, we are sure, there will be many more Meenas in formation with your support.

Meena could not be more thankful to you. It is because of you, we at Seva Mandir were able to bring all these women together, make them aware of becoming self sufficient and form these loan groups that can empower them. Thank you for being a great support. Currently, 655 such Self help groups are running across 700 villages of southern Rajasthan that Seva Mandir works in and around 10,000 women are associated with these groups giving them the chance to stand firm against any financial adversity.

We would also like to share that our project "Make Women in Rural India Financially Secure" has been chosen for the 2017 GlobalGiving Girl Fund Campaign! Please do contribute in your capacity and help us win the contest.

Please do feel free to reach out to us with your feedback and comments at atul.lekhra@sevamandir.org

Thank you

Regards

Atul Lekhra and Seva Mandir Team
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Jan 9, 2017

Thank You for Bringing Hopes to Women in New Year

Wishing you a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Thank you for your support to our project ‘Make Women in Rural India Financially Secure’.

With your support, we began a new year and are excited about the hopes and surprises it will bring. YOUR support is bringing real changes in the lives of these women.

With your support last year 665 women’s self-help groups were formed, 12 women’s resource centres were opened, 130 women were reached through income generation programme and 214 women leaders were trained. We are able to make this progress only because of the support from YOU.

We request you to sign up to a monthly donation by clicking on recurring donation of an amount that you want to give and help us to make sustainable progress in coming year.

We look forward to your continued support. Please do consider visiting Seva Mandir when possible. Once again, wish you a very Happy New Year to you and your family. 

Best wishes,

Atul Lekhra & Seva Mandir Team 

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Jan 8, 2017

Thank You for Bringing Hopes in this New Year

Wishing you a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Thank you for your support to our project ‘Empowering villages in Rural India’.

With your support we began a new year and are excited about the hopes and surprises it will bring. YOUR support is bringing real changes in the lives of villagers in southern Rajasthan.

With your support last year 723 groups were formed with 64,799 members through our Village Institutions Programme. 577 Village Development Committees were also formed. We are able to make this progress only because of the support from YOU.

We request you to sign up to a monthly donation by clicking on recurring donation of an amount that you want to give and help us to make sustainable progress in coming year.

We look forward to your continued support. Please do consider visiting Seva Mandir when possible. Once again, wish you a very Happy New Year to you and your family. 

Best wishes,

Atul Lekhra & Seva Mandir Team 

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