201. (March 31, 2019): Prabhavati’s journey out of poverty:

 

Prabhawati is a successful member of Maya SHG in Saraiya Bargaon village of Sangrampur block, Amethi. There are eight members in her family comprising of four daughters, a son, husband, wife and father-in-law. She is illiterate but now after joining the group she has learned to put her signature. She is actively involved in social work.

Though the poor family is almost landless having only less than 5 biswa of land, the exposure and opportunity she got through SHG helped her to know better about agriculture and she is presently volunteering as Ajivika Sakhi (Agriculture Social Capital) in RGMVP. She became a Sakhi after she herself started doing agriculture by taking one bigha of land on batai (lease).

She has so far availed following financial assistance from the group:

  1. Rs 5, 000 for purchase of goats and rearing them as a livelihood activity.
  2. Rs 10, 000 for purchase of a cow as another livelihood source.
  3. Rs 20, 000 to establish a cobbler’s shop in neighboring market at Bisheshwarganj.
  4. Rs 6, 000 for agricultural inputs.
  5. Rs 12, 000 for education of daughter.

Although she is illiterate but she has focused much on her children’s education. As a poor woman, she too had her dream of overcoming poverty, but never thought that it would realize. SHG gave her the necessary knowledge, courage and funds and today she is a changed person. From the four income generation activities i.e. goat rearing, cobbler shop, sale of milk and agriculture, the family has come out of poverty and family members are very happy. She still has very high hopes in life and is confident of realizing them. She has realized her own status as a capable woman, the power of SHG and the role she can play in development of her family.

C S Pandey and P S Mohanan, 31st March 2019