Jagriti Mahila Samiti
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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 promoted by Shramik Bharti in villages of Maitha block in Kanpur Dehat came together in 2007 and formed Jagriti Mahila Samiti. In addition to micro-finance activities, the rural federation has established 20 grain banks to secure the marginalized individuals of the community from the insecurity of the lean season in the area. There are 41 solar lantern charging stations comprising 50 lantern in each unit. Self Help Groups associate closely with Community Radio Station Waqt Ki Awaaz which is based out of the block in creating awareness on various social issues like domestic violence, sanitation, sustainable agriculture, health etc.