I 247. (July 22, 2019) : Kanchan’s Story of Success
“I want to be a woman who is known by her name for the work that she has done.”
Kanchan is a member of Jap Mo Kaali self-help group in a small village of Sarai Gokul in Dhanpath Ganj Block of Sultanpur District. Kanchan’s story is a story of perseverance and determination.
Coming from the social category of Other Backward Classes, she led a life filled with discrimination.
“People always recognized me by my husband’s or father’s name. I was referred to as someone’s wife or someone’s daughter. No one knew my name. I had no identity of my own.”
The financial conditions of Kanchan’s house were such that she was only able to afford the bare necessities.
In 2010, Kanchan joined self-help group under RGMVP. Once, she joined the SHG she started saving and attending the regular weekly meeting. Kanchan also took money from her SHG on various occasions –
Rs 50,000 for purchasing buffalo
Rs 40,000 to free mortgage land
Rs 10,000 for children education
Rs 20,000 for agricultural activities
Rs 65,000 for building a house
Rs 30,000 for purchasing Invertor
She also took money for constructing a toilet. Apart from financial aid, Kanchan also garnered knowledge on best practices of health and nutrition.
“Today, people know me by my name. I have an identity of my own. People from other villages also know me. This is what I have gained. I gained respect and self-confidence. I can proudly call myself an empowered woman who takes her own decision and made an identity for herself”‘