I 248. (July 25, 2019) : Shanti proves that SHG can change economic condition of a poor family:

She is Shanti, member of Ganesh SHG under RGMVP in Ramkola village of Baba Belkharnath block in Pratapgarh Distt. This is a poor family of the village having 5 members and just 15 biswa of land. Before joining the group family was facing severe poverty. After coming in to the group things changed for the better. Shanti took loan from her SHG for different purposes and invested wisely which changed economic condition of her family:

  1. She borrowed Rs 30, 000 from SHG towards purchase of 5 biswa of land. Now she has one bigha of own land for cultivation.
  2. Rs 30, 000 for purchase of a buffalo yielding 7 to 8 litres of milk per day.

From the above two income generation activities i.e. farming and sale of milk, average monthly income of the family is between Rs 8, 000 and 10,000, as a result of which poverty of the family has been greatly reduced and family members are enjoying happy life. Shanti is educated up to 5th class and her all 3 sons are school going. She is president of her group. There is significant improvement in family status. Shanti is good social worker managing her SHG well and guiding other SHGs of the village also. Shanti gives whole credit of this transformation to her group.

C S Pandey and P S Mohanan, July 25, 2019.