With an average workday of 16 to 18 hours women in the villages of India often work the hardest and are the most exploited. The primary source of income in the rural part of Anupshahr is agriculture and animal husbandry; both of which are often done by the
They have no forum or space to share their feelings or to find options for
Via the CDD,
PPES initiated the formation of Self-help groups of women in villages to make them socially and economically independent.
Women in SHGs save between Rs. 5 to 10 a day per woman and the money saved by them is then used for inter-loaning. A separate bank account is opened for each SHG through which the members are
The members of an SHG lend money to each other at an annual interest rate of 24%. Out of this, 9% of the interest amount is distributed amongst
SHGs have given a platform to women to voice their personal and community issues as a collective. They are learning about their rights, the power of collective action, etc. as a part of these groups.
The SHGs under the guidance of PPES are now working towards creating a federation.
A federation is a superstructure of the Self Help Groups. In order to ensure sustainability of the SHG, a regular support system is needed which can run and monitor the programme. The federation serves this purpose. The Federation Board is elected from within the community and PPES will be a part of the Board as an expert director.
The role of a federation is:
The women in the federation pay a service charge to be a member. In addition to sustainability, this shall also ensure ownership of the women towards the programme.
PPES decided to work on Dairy Best Practices so that the women could get better quality and increased quantity of milk, which could be sold at the right price.
These practices have lead women to have better returns and thus enhance their family's’ income.
At a nominal fee of INR 50-100 women of the SHGs are trained in agricultural best practices with the aim of increasing their crop yield, thus, enhancing livelihood.
Women are trained on the following requirements and best practices of agriculture.
Anupshahr receives over nine months of strong sunshine in a year, making it the perfect place to reap solar energy. Hence, PPES piloted a solar grid through the self-help groups.
A solar grid catering to the needs of 42 households has been established in village Bachhi Khera. The model is based on ‘pay as you use’ leading to its sustainability.