There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women!

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Mon, August 7, 2017 2:51pm

There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women!

In 2010, YGB developed "Sister Aid" to directly provide impoverished mothers with micro-loans and young daughters and orphans with education funds. Since then "Sister Aid" has been able to double the number of fund recipients every year, now reaching nearly 900 mothers and children in Karnataka and West Bengal.

This the Tejaswini group whose collective business is Rope making.

A member of this group, Panchi Naskar,  got married at a very early age. As a child bride she could not manage to do all the household chores with competence which resulted in physical and mental abuse from her mother-in-law and husband. After bearing three daughters one after another the torture and brutality increased as she was considered to be unlucky for the family. Panchi did not have access to any money and raising her daughters started becoming an issue so she sent her second daughter to her mother's home. She started learning the art of rope making from her relatives nearby and working as a daily laborer to sustain the cost of her daughters expenses.  It's then that she came into the group and was able to receive a loan. With this loan she bought a machine to cut jute and make fibers out it which is the basic material for making ropes. Now over the years she has managed to buy two more machines and also has recruited laborers to help her in her business. She is the group leader and always ready to help her members and anyone in trouble. The biggest success is all three of Panchi's daughters are in school and studying and her eldest daughter has completed her Higher Secondary education.