Women in the Tansa Valley generally have little to no education and are reliant on their husbands to support the family. The poverty and illiteracy of the region leads to numerous family and community concerns. The creation of self-help groups has allowed women to unite and has empowered them to learn new skills that serve as income generating activities.
PRASAD helps members of SHGs tackle the many problems they face, including illiteracy, alcoholism and gender roles within the community. When individuals come together to form a SHG, they each agree to contribute a nominal sum of money every month to a common pool.with PRASAD’s help in setting up processes, planning finances and decision making, the SHGs set up small scale businesses through partnerships. PRASAD Chikitsa empowers them by teaching them financial literacy, vocations and the importance of participation in formations of policy by the local government.
SHGs are involved in a range of projects, including running small businesses, improving the condition of roads and schools, organizing village cleanups, promoting HIV/AIDS awareness and accomplishing environmental initiatives.
Today, there are 250 SHGs, with more than 2,900 members among them. PRASAD’s high level of engagement helps form long lasting relationships. The success of these SHGs is inspiring more and more women to form their own groups.