The story of Economic Empowerment through SHG

– Manorama

Manorama is a member of Gungun SHG in Purabgaon village of Gauriganj block in Amethi district. She has a family of 10 members including 4 daughters and 2 sons. Poverty and helplessness had become a normal part of life for Manorama and her family. She never felt that she could be worth doing something rather than doing her designated household chores. She was so poor that she once had to borrow Rs 500/- from her neighborhood for the treatment of her daughter. All these changed after joining her Self Help Group. Her economic mobility started after she joined the group. She had so far taken a loan of Rs 1, 21,000/- for different activities as under:

  1. Rs 1000/- for education of children
  2. Rs 10000/- for the purchase of Buffalo
  3. Rs 20000/- for establishing a cosmetic shop
  4. Rs 40,000/- for construction of house and timber store
  5. Rs 50,000/- for admission of her daughter in BTC

Presently she has three income generation activities i.e., cosmetic shop, the sale of milk and timber business. From the income of these activities, her family is slowly coming out of poverty and she has broken all barriers that women in her similar condition face in the village. Manorama says that she can express her opinions freely now and has felt a tremendous self-confidence and for she gives full credit to her SHG.

C S Pandey and P S Mohanan, December 2018