Make Women in Rural India Financially Secure

by Seva Mandir
Dec 15, 2010

You have helped Denu earn $ 60 per month

A member of SHG program
A member of SHG program

Dear Friends,

Happy Holiday Season!

Hope you are enjoying the holiday season. This year the winter started a little later here but it is pleasantly cold right now. We hope it is also nice weather where you are.

Thank you for supporting women of our region. Currently there are 493 Self Help Groups (SHGs) with a membership of 7516. The net-owned fund of 493 SHGs till September 2010 is Rs. 17,308,217 (USD 384,627). A number of women and their families are engaged in various income generation programs such as goatery, dairy, fisheries, pottery; tofu making etc. Many women members borrow money from their SHGs (usually linked up with Banks) and start small businesses. These activities help their families in having an additional income and confidence. In a number of cases, with the help of SHGs the village youth have also taken up some enterprises. The Soy project is one such example. You can find more details about this program in the report enclosed.   

The story given below will give you an idea of how women members are being supported by these SHGs in earning more income as well as more respect in their societies.

It is exciting for us to share the progress of these programs with you at the time of holiday season. Thank you for being an incredible partner to us. Please consider donating again to this program at this festivity and also tell about it to your friends.

Many thanks once again. Happy Holiday Season to you from all of us here.

With warm regards,



Denu (changed name) is a member of Self Help Group in Kojawada village. There was no wheat flour Mill in the area she lives. As a result women had to walk nearly 3 km to get their wheat grounded. The women were not happy with the quality of work done at this Mill. Denu and her family decided to obtain a loan to start their own Mill. Denu's Self Help Group applied for a bank loan as the other women members also wanted to start their own businesses of some kind.

The group was sanctioned a loan of Rs 200,000 under a government scheme “Swarn Jayanti Swarojgar Yojana (Golden Jubilee Self Employment Scheme), considering their group's good performance in the past.

Denu started the Mill with her portion of the loan money (Rs. 20,000 or USD 445) and ever since she is milling 80-100 kg of wheat every day. She is able to earn around Rs 3000 (USD 67) per month. She is happy for getting a regular income and being able to support her family. She is also a part of Seva Mandir Iron fortification project (for improving the Hemoglobin levels of village community), wherein she gets an additional income of Rs 600-700 every month for fortifying the wheat flour with iron for her fellow villagers.



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Seva Mandir

Location: Udaipur, Rajasthan - India
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Priyanka Singh
Executive Director
Udaipur, Rajasthan India

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