I 260. (September 05, 2019) : How did Rita defeat Poverty? : 

She is Rita, a successful member of Divya SHG under RGMVP in Lauar village of Bababelkharnath block in Pratapgad district. She has six members in the family comprising of husband, herself, two sons, and father in law and a younger sister.  Rita was very poor before joining SHG. She had only 10 biswa of land. After coming in to the group she defeated the poverty of the family by taking financial support from her group as under:

  1. Rs 40,000 for purchase of buffalo
  2. Rs 10,000for education of children
  3. Rs 25, 000/- for cultivation. After joining group she has taken 2 bigha of land on batai (on lease) and started cultivating the said land as tenant farmer. In every crop season, she takes loan of Rs 4, 000 to 5, 000 from her SHG and repays the same after harvesting of the crop. As such the above loan of Rs 25000 has been availed by her in six crop seasons.

Now Rita has two income generation activities i.e. sale of buffalo milk and cultivation on 2.5 bigha of and. From these two sources, she is earning between Rs  12,000 and Rs. 15, 000 per month and she has succeeded in defeating her poverty. She is educated up to 8th class and her both the children are school going. She has a special attachment with SHG and presently does voluntary work under the block federation of SHGs in her block.

C S Pandey and P S Mohanan, September 05, 2019