Chetana-Vikas (Consciousness-Development)

VISION : Empowerment of the individual and of the community for sustainable development of their own respective lives. GOAL : Sustainable development towards : Improved production. Better distribution. Production priority of basic needs like food & nutrition, fuel, fodder, timber etc. Protection & enrichment of the earth's environment & natural resources. Recognition of the key role of women in agriculture & improvement on gender issues. More self-reliant, sustainable, biological and decentralized technology. FOUNDING PRINCIPLES : - Critical consciousness and awareness of people (Chetana); and Development (Vikas) : A two way integrated approach. - Effo...
May 25, 2016

Show the light, lead the way

Mangala being felicitated by another village woman
Mangala being felicitated by another village woman

Friends, through this project, we have consistently introduced women who have stood upto challenges of life. Stories of women, gritty and unyielding in the face of hardships - monetary and social; Who ultimately could carve out a niche for one self and their children.

And all this with the support donated by you.

Today, also we have a woman, Mangala Deshmukh who has fought to keep her place in a man's world. A widow, she runs a business of readymade garments and through small loans, makes a decent profit to run her home.

But today we want to also share with you that the impact of economic self-reliance is not limited to just getting enough money to buy food, clothes or books for education.

The economic independence empowers the women and makes her realize the potential that she possess and that her new-found abilities can be used for solving many other challenges that one comes across in life.

Riding on the vehicle of self-confidence and self-realization, Mangala exhorts other women of her village to save money and join Self-Help groups to better their condition. She asks them to get organized and collectively fight for community upliftment.
Under her leadership, they have successfully tackled local issues which were threatening to spiral into big fights.

Like when, a young couple belonging to different castes wanted to marry, but were boycotted by their community for breaking social norms. The women gave their full support and also helped the couple to set their new house with needful things. Today, the parents are also reconciled and happy to include the couple, in their family.

Or when, a  woman suffering from leprosy was shunned and thrown away by her husband once they discovered her disease. But Mangala, once she got information about the curability of the disease brought the woman home, nursed her and took care of her, paid for her medicines and cured her completely. Then she made the husband understand about her disease and brought about their reconciliation. Today the  woman is living happily with her husband and children.  

Mangala undertook various trainings organized by Chetana-Vikas to understand development issues and made her organized women's groups to regularly attend "Gramsabhas" - meetings held for solving issues of the village. The women became vocal about their just demands, made the governing body sanction many schemes like importantly for improving hygiene and sanitation. Today, there are  smokeless stoves and toilets in every home of the village.

Their village was a completely dependent on private money lenders and banks. But through Mangala and her women, all of them became Self-Help group members and today all their work is done through their own savings. The villagers do not need to go to the Bank for their needs.

Apart from that Mangala is an active member, teacher of the 'out of school' learning centre for children of her village. She also regularly organizes trainings & other camps for benefit of the village, to bring in awareness about different and new issues for women, men and youth of village. 

In this way, her economic self-reliance, turned Mangala into a socially conscious and politically empowered active individual. Plus opportunities honed her leadership skills and also made her 'organized group of women' empowered and self-reliant in their own ways.

So, a lamp lights another lamp, showing the light and leading the way.

This would have been difficult to achieve if she had to keep on fending for herself and live a subsistence life, constantly wondering how to  pass another day without worries.

So, please realize that small help from you actually triggers a much bigger change than what it was given for.

So, please add your friends and relatives in your endeavor. Direct them to

<http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/empower-deserted-women-and-widows-in-rural-india/,>.  

And also the FB Link.

<https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chetana-Vikas/162861643736214.>

Thanking you very much !

Warmly,

Niranjana 

Organized villagers protesting against addiction
Organized villagers protesting against addiction
Mangala & children - out of school learning centre
Mangala & children - out of school learning centre
Mangala at cycle learning camp for village women
Mangala at cycle learning camp for village women
Mangala & women discussing issues of the village
Mangala & women discussing issues of the village
Mangala in centre presiding at a village function
Mangala in centre presiding at a village function
Feb 23, 2016

PULLED OFF !

Friends  who helped Kanta (extreme left) get loan
Friends who helped Kanta (extreme left) get loan

Necessity is the mother of invention.

But there are many people with ideas who cannot give shape to their dreams because there are no resources or backup to start with.

The support given by you at Global Giving for this project ensured that no women would be mopping on her sorrows, but instead take wings to fulfill their aspirations.

The steady donations also ensured a reasonable quantity of money to be used to make tangible difference to their lives. So, please continue directing friends and relatives to

<http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/empower-deserted-women-and-widows-in-rural-india/,>.  

And also the FB Link.

<https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chetana-Vikas/162861643736214.>

Tell them about Kanta who is 56 today. 10 years earlier her husband died due to a long endured disease. Even during his life,  he was of little help to care for his 3 children and wife. It was Kanta who used to try different things to make ends meet.

However, coming under Global Giving support opened her chances of availing a stronger capital to start a business.

Earlier she could take small loans of Rs.2,000 – 3,000/- ($ 30 to $ 44) at one time, which helped her in need.

Now she took up  Rs.20,000/- ($ 292) to start trading in chilies, one of the well loved and well used spice of the region.

Some money went in buying the capital goods alongwith weighing and packing apparatus.

The first round of trade gave her good returns with which she could pay back her loan and as well as have a profit of Rs.5000/- ($  73).

This she immediately invested in buying a cow, which gave birth to a calf soon after.

Kanta sells the surplus milk. On an average she gets  Rs.50 / day ($ 0.73 / day) on this investment apart from the milk that the family members are able to consume. They are also able to use the manure from the two animals for their small piece of land.

Now, after meeting the family’s needs, the profit coupled with a second loan of Rs.5000/- ($ 73) has enabled her to buy a goat. A classic case of varied and diversified business.

The first thing that Kanta did was to construct a toilet for her family. She is also supporting her children with education, besides helping them to set up their own businesses to start a livelihood. They help Kanta in her own business and work.

Kanta’s story is still more special because the children she helped with your support were not her own. They were borne by her husband’s first wife, who eventually expired. After her husband’s death, Kanta did not abandon the 3 children, then aged 8, 10 and 12. She looked after them and now they are with her rock solid.

Life has pulled off and now it smiles !   Thank you.

Alongwith Kanta & her three children, 

(Ms.) Niranjana

The cow & calf bought from profit of chilly trade
The cow & calf bought from profit of chilly trade
With the calf to be sold bringing in extra income
With the calf to be sold bringing in extra income
Chilly --> Cow + calf --> & now a Goat --> contd..
Chilly --> Cow + calf --> & now a Goat --> contd..
Kanta in front of  her  house ;   PULLED OFF !
Kanta in front of her house ; PULLED OFF !
Dec 1, 2015

FOR A MEANINGFUL LIFE

Surekha at home with her two daughters
Surekha at home with her two daughters

Dead of the night. A group of women walked purposefully towards a large lake filled with water. It was twilight.

Reaching the water body, about 5-6 women waded into the water while others stood guard on the banks.

Meanwhile the water reached the waists of the wading women.

It was clear they were searching for something. After about 5-10 minutes they stumbled on something under the water. They were delighted.

There were 7-8 drums of about 200 litre capacity each.

With some effort, the women brought out the drums and threw away its contents.

As the women looked at the empty drums they felt happiness and hope --  hope of a happy family, hope of money remaining at home for food and education, hope of escaping tormenting beating of their husbands.

These women were part of the action group which Surekha had formed in her village. They were and are fighting the manufacture and consumption of illegal liquor in the village.

Not long ago, Surekha had no reason to be anxious about her future when she was married to a man who actually and fortunately had a stable labour job at the forest department. Reality soon hit her when she found him to be totally addicted to liquor and all the money earned went to fuel this addiction.

He succumbed to this addiction within a few years of marriage leaving Surekha to fend for herself and 3 kids.

This made her fiercely resolve to fight and eradicate all the liquour from her village.

Well, how could she ?  First she had to see the family properly fed and live. That made her look towards the Self Help Group. She knew a bit of tailoring so took a small loan to buy a sewing machine.  By and by with some more savings, she took another loan to start a small trade of selling ready-made garments.  She repays  the small loans fast enough to take another small loan again and thus she has been able to gain and maintain a consistent profit.

With this business sense and acumen, she has manage to educate her children.

This year, just prior to festival season, she got a loan of Rs.15,000/- (US $ 225) repaid, borrowed &  repaid twice, leading to an annual profit of Rs.10,000/- (US $ 150). 

Due to this support given so generously by all of you Surekha is secure with her consistent livelihood and is dauntingly fighting the cause of liquor addiction in her village., She was even beaten by the men of her village. But her fight goes on, unforgiving against the people and the system which made her a widow, leading even her children to vulnerable situation.

She feels more meaning in her life due to this cause and fight taken up.
You are actually helping a woman whose empowerment is economic as well for fighting social evils, when you decide to talk about this project and also support.

The project is -

<http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/empower-deserted-women-and-widows-in-rural-india/,>.  

Can also know about us through FB Link.

<https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chetana-Vikas/162861643736214.>

Thanks for your solidarity against any type of addiction through your support to Surekha.

Niranjana
Project Leader

Daughters who study also help in household chores
Daughters who study also help in household chores
On the sewing machine for economic self reliance
On the sewing machine for economic self reliance
Readymade garments being sold in festival season
Readymade garments being sold in festival season
Cooking for the family after a tiring & hectic day
Cooking for the family after a tiring & hectic day
Surekha showing a wall of her house to be repaired
Surekha showing a wall of her house to be repaired
 
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