“Nothing changes the gender equation more significantly than women’s economic freedom” – Gloria Steinem
There is no limit for a determined woman’s achievement potential. Economic independence and financial sustainability being the key components of development, exploring alternative livelihood portfolios and establishing alternative income sources can pave the foundation of development initiatives within the village.
Mrs. Mohini Dangi lives with her mother, two daughters and her son. The families ill fate started when Mohini lost her farmer husband, due to a snake bite while on agricultural field. Since, then Mohini is single handedly raising the family.
After her husband’s untimely death, Mohini struggled to make the ends meet for survival of her family. Being literate women, she attempted to send her children to school while earning income from daily wage activities. She holds five Bighas of land she also did household cultivation. Yet, with increasing expenditure Mohini struggled to earn for day to day lives requirements and children’s educational expenditure. Thus, Mohini’s elder daughter Kailash stopped her education after pursuing graduation, Basanti, her second daughter dropped out at seventh standard due to illness and her son Gajendra too had to take a break from school due to family’s poor economic conditions.
Mohini joined the SHG and became a member of Amliyaji bauji Mahila Bachat Samuh for one eight year. After having undergone regular SHG meetings and income generation training programme organized by Sakhi & HVVS supported by RSETI-ICICI at Bhallon Ka Guda, she motivated to do some income generation activity. Later Sakhi team facilitated the group for bank credit linkages from Rajasthan Grameena Marudhara Bank (RMGB), Sakroda of Rs. 1, 80,000/- from which Mohini took the loan of Rs. 30,000 & has purchased a cow, which now acts as prominent income source and honor of the family to move ahead in life with confidence.
Being successful in finding a sustainable livelihood alternative, Mohini and daughter together earns a sum of Rs. 6000 per month through selling milk to Saras diary at Milk Collection Centre, Sejon Ki Bhagal. Mohini also encouraged her daughters for pursuing higher education Diploma in Education (D.Ed.). Her son, Gajendra has also resumed education and is attending eleventh standard. Now Mohini Dev is striving for purchasing another cattle so that she can double her income.
“Life has been hard and challenging for Mohini and family since her husband’s demise, but she has evolved strong enough by being financially independent and confident after finding sustainable income source with necessary financial assistance from the SHG”.