“This programme is being implemented with an aim to make women financially independent by organizing them into SHGs”, said Afsel Chandrankandy Secretary Rehab India Foundation by inaugurating the programme.
The programme (Padosi) SHG Meet was organized for face to face interaction of women SHG members with eminent dignitaries of Rehab on May 4th, 2013 at Rehab Regional Centre located in Anandpeta, District Guntoor, Andhra Pradesh.
Explaining the importance and origin of Self Help Groups, Safarullah Khan, Asst. Programme Manager said, “Muhammad Yunus, Banker, economist and Noble Prize recipient developed the concept of micro finance. And now his model is acceptable worldwide, especially in India. To add to it, we appreciate our sisters for 90% repayment of loan. And, we encourage them to work in groups for better mobilization of resources.”
Adding to it, Mr. Afsel explained, “the importance of formation of SHGs for empowerment of women promoting savings and banking habits, involvement in community actions, and develop individual skills of the community members through livelihood finance and employment generation training.”
On the same, Saravana Kumar, Central Zone Project Manager shared success stories of Assam Model Village Project and said, “Team Rehab has formed 3 Self Help Groups named Men SHG, Beauty and Moroni. As name suggest, Men SHG contain ten male members, while Beauty and Moroni are women SHGs with ten members in each group.”
Insafudheen, South Zone Project Manager detailed SHG Programme at Guntoor and described, “we have successfully completed two phases of SHG Programme and have distributed loan to 30 women for initiating micro-business like tiffin system, tailoring shop, flower making, general store, sarees marketing etc. Last Month, we unlocked Phase three and distributed loan to another three women.”
Altogether, fifty women along with their kids were participated. Few women shared positive change in their lives after receiving loan. Other discussed ideas that what they would do after getting loan.