Women Empowerment Programs

Income Generation Activities: (2001-Present)

Organization of Women Self Help Groups

TAPWA, has thus far, organized 268 women SHGs (Self-Help Groups) of various communities including Scheduled Castes (194) and others (74) in the home district of Dindigul and in nearby districts of Madurai and Theni, Tamil Nadu, India. At present, TAPWA is managing 403 women SHGs in Tamil Nadu which includes 10 tribal women SHGs in the hills of Kodaikkanal Taluk of Dindigul district, Tamil Nadu, India.

Number of Women SHG members

About 4800 women are enrolled as members in 403 women SHGs and among them, 3100 women belong to Scheduled caste groups and 100 belonging to Scheduled tribe group (Paliyar).

Capacity Building Training to Women SHG members

Women meet monthly to discuss the cultural, political, health and environmental issues that affect their community since the inception of this program. They are facilitated to become a united force intent on solving issues within their villages and communicating their knowledge to other women as imparted through them at the TAPWA programs in three districts of Tamil Nadu.

Socio Cultural Awareness Training

TAPWA is actively involved in conduction of the training for women members of SHGs from the service area villages with the help of eminent sociologists in a participate manner on various social issues.

Leadership and Legal Awareness Training

TAPWA is organizing leadership training for the benefit of women SHG members including leaders of women SHGs in acquiring the leadership qualities and legal awareness.

Micro Credit Management Training

TAPWA believed in collective efforts for bringing out enormous changes towards improvement of the marginalized community. The groups have been encouraged for saving practice and thrift activities with in their groups and the group members have been entitled to attend income generation programs and trainings. Special meetings are arranged for women to make planning strategies for their village development, project formulation and to promote leadership skills.

Skill Training

Agriculture is the mainstay of the majority of rural people in the TAPWA’s project area and there are no major industries. A large number of government and private dairy farms exist in the project location and therefore, for the benefit of these rural people TAPWA is offering employment skill oriented trainings on rearing of milch animals and goats, marketing of agricultural produces and alternate local employment trades. TAPWA is also organizing vocational training on tailoring and embroidery for the women SHG members in its premises and for this purpose; it has already established a tailoring center with sewing machines. The skill training is considered as the foremost important training program among all and the participants become aware of the trades and take a greater participation in the activities as they offer livelihood opportunities to them in rural areas.

TAPWA’s resource persons from various skill oriented sectors like Animal Husbandry, Rural Enterprises, Economics, Rural Development etc. are involved for this program. Besides, for a greater participation, a few successful women SHG entrepreneurs are also invited to highlight about their success in various trades.

Disbursal of Seed Money / Loans to Women SHG Members

Women SHGs organized by TAPWA have been linked with nationalized banks by opening savings bank account and consequently, SHGs are doing transactions properly. Thus far, the total amount saved by the SHGs is Rs.10,75,000 in Dindigul district, Rs.10,32,000 in Madurai district and Rs. 8,51,000 in Theni district and the total savings works out to Rs. 29,58,000 in the service villages of three districts. SHGs linked with banks have received loan with and without subsidy to start income generation units by groups or individuals to earn sustainable income for their families. Among them, 183 SHGs were provided with loan from different sources of government, banks and TAPWA. Government of Tamil Nadu provided an amount of Rs. 60,000 for each SHG with a subsidy of Rs.10,000. Bank loan varies from Rs.10,000 to 3,00,000 depending upon the income generation activities.

TAPWA has, thus far, distributed seed money to 1920 women beneficiaries of 183 SHGs in the project villages. The benefited women from loan schemes have initiated the self-employment activities such as rearing milch animals and goats, papad making and sales, tailoring, vegetable and fruits vending. All entrepreneurs are doing their self-employment activities individually and earning an average income of Rs. 200 to 250 per day. Five of the most poor women SHGs comprising of 60 rural women, involved in the self employment trade of soap and washing powder making, were provided with small machineries (packaging rolling and cover packaging machines) and inputs (silurry, silicate, soda, calcite, STPP, clay, dolomite, perfume, colour powder, spickles, salt, washing soap cover, washing powder and rolling covers) during 2011- 2012 for initiating the Income Generation activity.

Shelter for Homeless: (2001-Present)

TAPWA aims to provide homes for the homeless women in its project villages with the assistance of International Donors . Thus far, TAPWA had constructed 58 concrete housing structures and distributed them to beneficiary women families. Prior to this program, these women lived in huts constructed of sugar cane and coconut leaves. During harsh weather conditions in winter and summer, these huts were generally damaged beyond repair, forcing the women and their families into homeless living conditions often. For improving the efficiency of the work TAPWA incorporated the idea of participatory contribution of 20 % of the cost of construction either by cash or kind or labour work by the beneficiaries which overwhelmingly brought great recognition to the organization.

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