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