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.
Shakti Mahila Samiti was formed in 2007 by women Self Help Groups promoted by Shramik Bharti in Rasoolabad block of Kanpur Dehat. In addition to micro-finance activities, Shakti Mahila Samiti has established 14 Solar Lantern Charging Stations, 10 Solar Micro Grids and 23 Solar Mobile Charging Stations promoting clean energy solutions and giving livelihood to destitute people. A ‘Vision Centre’ is promoted by this rural federation providing eye care facility by trained personnel at a nominal fee. The vision centre rehabilitates the blind and assists in recovery from eye-related disorders.