A Change Agent
Ms. Kailashi Prajapat, 25 years old young women is a resident of Bhallon Ka Guda gram panchayat, Kurabad panchayat Samiti, Udaipur (Raj). Her ambitious and dreams always encourage her to move further despite various hurdles and bottlenecks which is common for the women like her. Since she could not continue her education after 8th
standard due to the poor economic condition of her family, she managed to upgrade her skill by various vocational courses like beauty parlor and stitching. She was capable enough to run a beauty parlor but it requires a huge amount to invest in parlor which was the main problem. According to her, it is not worthy until and unless you cannot utilize your skill, said Kailashi. 6 month back When Community Resource Person (CRP) entered her village for mobilization of poor women into sustainable Self Help Groups (SHGs); she became a member of “Shri Krishna Mahila” Self Help Group which comprises 17 members more or less belongs to same economic background. Kailashi said that in the regular weekly meeting all members were convinced to accumulate 25 RS. She was very much impressed with the ideology of self help group that she volunteered to work as book keeper of her group. Her
association with Samuh gave her an opportunity to run her own beauty parlor as now it is not difficult to get credit or loan like earlier before which was too difficult from market as well as on higher interest rate. She availed loan of Rs. 49,500 from her Laxmi federation, Sankroda which helped her to add few materials in her petty shop she took a loan of rs 49,500 from Laxmi Federation, Sankroda and started to run a beauty parlor. Now she is capable to earn Rs 200 per day. She is planning to upgrade her shop by getting more support from her SHG.
Kailashi with pride says “if women like me are encouraged and provided essential support, we will become an agent of change for the betterment of the society.”