Phool dulari is a member of Asha Mahila self-help group, in Rachpur Tavva Haveli village, of Dalmau block, in Raebareli district. She joined her SHG in the year 2012. She is the president of her group. During her Seven years in the group she has learned things and gained information on issues that she never knew existed.

“Before joining the SHG, I had no information on maternal health and nutrition, I used to follow the age-old practices, I used to work during the time of my pregnancy, used to eat whatever was cooked in the house, It is only after joining the SHG, that I learned that maternal health is as important as neonatal and child’s health. Only a healthy mother can bear a healthy child.”

Earlier, there was barely any source of income in Phool dulari’s family. The children were not sent to school, Rs 5000 was the income of the entire family. Despite, having 10 biswa of land there was no agricultural income. She still used to purchase seeds and grains. After joining the SHG, she learned about financial inclusion and started to save monthly. Phool dulari took money from her SHG on various occasions –

Rs 10,000 for treatment of her daughter

Rs 1,000 for purchasing compost

Rs 2,000 for buying seeds

Rs 30,000 for purchasing a buffalo

“Shortage of money was so much that the month did not end but our monthly income did. We were not able to meet our basic necessities. Now my financial conditions have improved. All my children go to school. My daughter just completed her Bachelors in Arts and my son is in class 8th. My agricultural productivity has increased as I started using 18 days compost and learned the technique of SRI and SWI.”

Dhirendra and Sara