Prepare Women Leaders in Financial Management

by Utthan Vetted since 2014 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Site Visit Verified

Summary

This project will support 30 leaders of 2 Women's Community based organisations from Bhavnagar and Amreli districts to be better prepared in Financial Management skills and accounting systems. This will prepare them to help their 4100 members to join a Gujarat State level Women's Credit Cooperative. Having experience in micro credit, this linkage will provide them access to larger resource pool to meet their needs for loans for livelihood, sanitation, education and health.

$5,000
total goal
$3,636
remaining
52
donors
0
monthly donors
1
year

Challenge

The Bhal region is an expansive, flat, almost barren land, riddled with tidal creeks in Gujarat, India. Dominated by the existing monopoly of power structures, women are exceptionally vulnerable, lacking the infrastructure and information to collectively discuss issues of representation, access, and involvement in managing critical issues like water and sanitation. We work to bridge linkages and empower women to work for their own development.

Solution

Credit cooperatives foster a complementary relationship between community and financial inclusion. The Bhavnagar and Amreli federations currently operate as trusts; however, this categorization presents cumbersome government provisions. Transitioning to a cooperative provides legal and economic freedoms that will grant women greater independence, loan amounts, and opportunities to invest in their own business acumen and trainings for sustainable, feminist practices.

Long-Term Impact

The joining of two credit cooperatives for 4100 women with State Women Credit Cooperatives will increase household income, build economic independence and foster social networks. The long-term impact of this project will empower women to strengthen their collective identity and allow them independent decision making for their economic development. With credit cooperative spaces, women can democratically and sustainably govern their own needs and rights.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).

Resources

http:/​/​utthangujarat.org

Organization Information

Utthan

Location: Ahmedabad, Gujarat - India
Website: http:/​/​utthangujarat.org
Project Leader:
Pallavi Sobtirajpal
Ahmedabad, Gujarat India
$1,364 raised of $5,000 goal
 
53 donations
$3,636 to go
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