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Self Help Groups

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Village Org.

Women Institutions : A Collective Efforts for Better Future

We are committed to empower women from marginalised communities, so they live their life with dignity & respect. We have promoted the SHGs, Village organization, Federations and producers’ organisations as well.

Our self-help group model is comprising with three tier Institutional architecture (SHGs, Village Organization and Federations. These institutions are starting point and building blocks for our interventions around financial literacy, inclusion, livelihoods, governance, education, nutrition, health, governance etc.

We are working with more than 89203 women organised into 6277 SHGs, 741 Village Organization and 23 SHG Federations and scaling up this model in Mali and Senegal West Africa as well. These institutions have cumulative disbursed the credit of 30 Cr. (4 M USD).

SHG Federations are working on financial inclusion which include  affordable credit, savings, insurance, old-age pensions, remittances and payments and financial literacy program. Our microfinance work has resulted the inclusion of more than 80000 unbanked women. Women have gained a sense of dignity, confidence, reduction in distress borrowing and pawning, increased sense of agency and optimism about attaining future financial and well-being goals, improved entrepreneurship and improved participation of women in the family’s decision makings.

Owned Governed and Managed by Women

Self-reliance is one of the core values of Manjari Foundation. Building strong and vibrant women community owned and managed institutions that meet the diverse development needs of a village has always been at the core of all our efforts.

We encourage women to take greater responsibilities and to be leader of own; therefore, Self-help groups are the prime approach of social mobilization at the grassroots.

We facilitated the women institutions where all institutions are owned, governed and managed by women members which have multiple impacts on life and livelihoods.

Our women institutions are vibrant in nature where women are participating in identifications of the challenges, designing, implementing and supervised the interventions.  These are self-sustainable institutions who taking higher order needs and aspirations of the members.

Program Contour

Mobilization

Mobilization of women in Selp Help Groups and associate tiers institutions.

Capacity Building

Capacity building of members and institutions to stimulate sense of agency

Access Services

Facilitating linkages to access services for impacting life and livelihoods

Institution Architecture

The institution platform is three tier in structure starting from shgs, and then federating into Village Organisations and then federating into larger location level organisations which contribute for sustainability of the whole institutional architecture.

Federations

Federation is the location level body of groups owned, governed and managed by women themselves. It’s a platform for collective voices, solidarity and self-expressions as well. Federation deals with the issues of socio and economic development of the members. It also provide technical services to Vos and shgs which ensure sustainability in long run. Its outreach is generally 3000-5000 members.

Village Organisation

A village level institutions formed by shgs which helped members in cross learning, peer pressure and to address the village level issues of livelihood, social, and political nature. Vos generally outreach 10-15 shgs (100-200 members).

Self Help Groups

The primary unit of community institution at village level that provides opportunity for mutual help, financial intermediation and addressing basic needs along with livelihood and social development.

Women Institution

Improving parity in opportunity, access and control over resources/entitlements of women

Digitalization of Women Institutions

Digitized Record Keeping

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) provide new opportunities and new challenges for developing economies. ICT adoption and digitalization provide formidable new opportunities in terms of increased efficiency and productivity, the creation of new services and occupations and increased connectivity among agents.

However, the extent to which developing economies are able to reap these potential benefits is contingent on a set of other social, economic and institutional dimensions.

While economic growth and rising productivity are the major expected outcomes of digitalization, digital divides and related forms of exclusion and inequalities are commonly observed too.

Imbibing Transparency With Strong Data And Knowledge Driven

India, one of the largest economies in the world, with a remarkable pace of ICT diffusion, represents a relevant case to investigate the impacts of digitalization on economic development.

Digitalization of any program is the need of time and the impact of the same sounds promising from several development perspectives. Based on these principles we have digitalized all our SHG programs. We have developed a unique “Safal Saral Software” which is helping us to digitize all accounting and micro finance aspects pertaining to women institutions.

Linkages With Financial Institutions

The software offers several unique features which is helping members to access all the relevant information, which include financial inclusion, socio-economic profile of the members etc. The software will improve the interface between women members and financial institutions. A special feature of this software is its ability to work in both online and offline mode which is useful to cater the needs of the members in remote geographies. We have facilitated a tablet and printer to our SHG Sakhis (Community Resource Person).

These devices are helping them to fill all data and relevant details at the village level in live meetings and send it to a sever for generating reports. This is a big leap towards digital literacy among rural women. The usage of tablets has thereby ensured flexibility, accessibility, accuracy, and transparency at the ends of rural women belonging to women led institutions who aspire to evolve and transform their lives.

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