I 269. (October 11, 2019) : Bitana defeats poverty through her Self Help Group:

Bitana is a successful member of Chetna SHG under RGMVP in Brahmani village of Bahadurpur block in Amethi district. She belongs to a very poor family of 7 members consisting of husband, her, 3 daughters and 2 sons. She has 1.5 bigha of land, which was the only source of income for the family, and members were facing poverty, as the agricultural output was scarcely sufficient for the family. After joining the self-help group, Bitana had availed financial assistance from the group as under:

  1. Rs 30,000 towards purchase of buffalo for sale of milk in neighboring market at Fursatganj.
  2. Her husband is a skilled person and has got expertise in making different types of furniture items. Bitana availed assistance of Rs 40,000 and invested in establishing a furniture shop for her husband.

From these 2 income generation activities i.e. sale of buffalo milk and furniture shop, monthly income of the family comes between Rs 15000 and Rs. 20, 000 and the family has come out of poverty. Bitana is an illiterate woman but she has developed social awareness and empowerment after coming in to the group. She is paying much attention on education of her children. Family members are enjoying happy life. She gives highest credit to her group for her present position. Her SHG was formed in September 2009 and it is satisfactorily operated.

C S Pandey and P S Mohanan, October 11, 2019