I 274. (November 29, 2019) :Parana unleashes her potential through her SHG and transforms her life:

Parana is a successful member of Shiv SHG under RGMVP in Pathkauli village of Sandwa Chandrika block in Pratapgad district. She has 11 members in the family consisting of 8 adults and 3 minors. She has 3 bigha of land including 12 biswa of land, which she has purchased by taking financial help from the group. She was poor before joining group. After coming in to the self-help group in 2013,  she has taken cumulative assistance of Rs 1, 67,000 from her SHG for various activities on 7 occasions as under:

  1. Rs 30, 000 for purchase of a pump set for irrigation pump set
  2. Rs 12, 000 towards purchase of buffalo for starting dairy activity
  3. Rs 15, 000 for installation of  a hand pump
  4. Rs 110, 000 for purchase of 12 biswa of productive agricultural land by availing loan from SHGs on 4 occasions (Rs. 10,000, Rs. 20,000, Rs. 30, 000 and Rs. 50, 000). Now she is cultivating 3 bigha of land with her own source of irrigation.

She has two income generation activities i.e. cultivation and sale of buffalo milk and income of the family is between to Rs 12000 and Rs. 15, 000 per month. Family is out of poverty and members in the family are enjoying happy life. Parana is illiterate but all the children are educated.

There is noticeable change in her status as a woman. Parana has very good faith in her SHG, which is well operated.

C S Pandey and P S Mohanan, November 29, 2019