Women – Creation and Capacity Building of Self-help Groups/Women’s Networks
RDT teams started awareness camps in Sangham and interaction with women within and outside our village had a bearing on my confidence level.
“After the demise of my husband, I had to completely shoulder the responsibility of taking care of my two children. I joined Sangham in our village as I felt the need for support and guidance. Earlier, women in our village had no space of their own. Men
made the decisions and did not like our presence in any meetings. RDT teams started awareness camps in Sangham and interaction with women within and outside our village had a bearing on my confidence. We members were told many things which were not known to us earlier. I learnt a lot on education and health and my articulation skills improved due to training.
Sangham became our collective strength. RDT trained me as a community health worker, popularly called CHW. I also gained skill in tailoring with the help of RDT and even obtained a loan from Women Development Fund to buy a sewing machine. I am happy that there is no more dependence on outside labour because I earn enough with my tailoring. My son is doing his technical course while my daughter is studying for her graduation and I am able to support their education. Today, I am the leader of SHG in our village. By taking a lead role in the management of the Group, I learnt a lot on social issues and became independent in managing financial transactions. My self-confidence is very much improved, for which I am very grateful to RDT”.