Progressing beyond credit & savings…
We are living in exciting times, indeed. What started out as an initiative in early 1980s towards savings and borrowings with small affinity groups of underprivileged women of neighbourhood is now taking shape of Community-based Organizations.
Shramik Bharti was set-up in 1986 as relief voluntary agency in the wake of closure of mills and factories was now involved in economic upliftment with the consistent investment in community capacity building and guiding them in managing their affairs has played a crucial role and created leaders and empowered women. They are now moving beyond thrift & credit to other interventions for development in their communities.
Shramik Bharti has over the course of three decades promoted 1323 Self-Help Groups that comprises of over 21,858 members. These Self Help Groups have organised themselves into 7 self-managed and self-sustained federations. They represent the immense potential of the community besides creating social capital that creates financial stability and sense of ownership and participation in community work.
Women Self Help Groups of Akbarpur block of Kanpur Dehat joined together in the year 2010 to form Chetna Mahila Samiti. In addition to micro-finance activities, The federation entered into an agreement with RangDe to facilitate peer-to-peer lending to members of SHGs associated with Samiti. Self Help Groups associated with Chetna Mahila Samiti have also formed “Chetna Nature Farming Producer Company Ltd.” for the promotion of Nature farming practices with Shramik Bharti. 38 solar lantern charging units are established. Each solar lantern charging unit has 50 lanterns and given on rent. 20 grain banks established are managed by SHG leaders in a sustainable manner.