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  SKILL DEVELOPMENT OF RURAL WOMEN
Magan Sanghralaya Samiti mobilized women in 100 villages of Seloo and Samudrapur blocks of Wardha District, Maharashtra and formed 600 Self Help Groups. Majority of these women are farm labor, daily wage workers, manual labor, and many subsist below the poverty line.
 
  NURTURING CAPABILITIES
The SHG programme has also assisted in capacity building of rural women, raising their technical skills and managerial capability, accounting and management skill, general confidence, interactive capacity, creativity and raising their social and political status. Twelve SHG women are elected as Sarpanch, Gram Panchayat Members and Zila Parishad Members.

In four years, the meager savings of SHGs have increased manifold and now their total saving in 15 banks amounts to 1,00,65,000/- rupees and their total monetary transactions have crossed the figure of Five Crore rupees.
 
  BUILDING ENTREPRENEURSHIP
If women have money, the living standard of the household is bound to improve. To earn more money, these women had to break away from the status of low paid manual labourer to technically skilled entrepreneur. To meet this objective, MSS trained 760 Women SHG members in the manufacture of 120 products at 50 technical centres, including Regional Research Laboratories.

The enthusiasm and confidence of the trained skilled women groups lead to establishment of 34 new enterprises in 30 villages of Seloo and Samudrapur blocks of Wardha district.

These enterprises produce vermi-compost, herbal pesticides, banana fibre, solar dried food products, soyabean products, spices, brooms, milk chocolates, wooden toys, utility products, soaps, detergents, Liquid Blue, phenol, lantana furniture, agro-waste briquettes, paper products, neem and cow dung products, leaf cups, Khadi (cotton) yarn, carpets (Dari) from waste cloth, herbal medicines and products from Amla, Imli, Ber, Bel, Mahua,Mango,Chili,Papaya,Tomato& seasonal vegetables.

It is heartening to note that at present, these micro enterprises are giving subsidiary employment to 875 rural women.

Some of the women are raised from the status of the daily wage earners to an entrepreneur. Women who never stepped outside their villages participated in 15 exhibitions in four states, organized by CAPART, DRDA, NABARD and State Bank.

Thirty members have opened their own shops to sell products of women enterprises along with other daily use items.

 
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