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.

Small affinity groups of Shivrajpur Block have formed Ekta Mahila Samiti in 2008.This is a rural federation based out of Kanpur Nagar District. Besides the micro-finance activities, Ekta Mahila Samiti is intensively involved in promoting local resource based agriculture free from chemicals by promoting Nature Farming practises. The Federation is engaging the community in the area through its registered Farmer producer Organization (FPO) ‘Ekta Nature Farming Producer Company Ltd.’ The members are also associated in promoting use of clean renewable energy.