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Means of livelihood provided to tribal women in Dindori district by doing traditional Gond painting on clothes

Means of livelihood provided to tribal women in Dindori district by doing traditional Gond painting on clothes
In Dindori district, the tribal women traditionally do Gond painting. Earlier they made paintings on walls but later they started making them on paper and canvas. Tejaswini programme has helped them to use their artistic skills and talent as a means of livelihood by encouraging them to make Gond paintings on garments. For this the Gond women artisans who are members of self-help groups (SHGs) at village Patangarh were given training in adorning garments by making Gond paintings on them. The training was provided at Bhopal’s National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT). The main aims of the training were to develop and hone the artistic skills of Gond artists and make it a source of income for them, help Gond art reach the masses so that this art may survive for years to come and provide means of livelihood and respect to the artists. The second phase of training was held at Bhopal’s ICUF Ashram with the technical support of National Institute of Fashion Technology. After receiving training, these Gond artists of Patangarh are making Gond paintings on a variety of items and garments including dupatta, stole, sari, cushion cover etc. The state-level training and convention of the women self-help groups was held in Bhopal’s Jamburi Maidan on December 17, 2017. On this occasion the Chief Minister welcomed the Hon. Vice President by offering him an Ang-Vastra with a traditional Gond painting made by tribal women of Dindori district under Tejaswini Rural Women Empowerment Programme. The Bhopal regional office of Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation Ltd (Trifed) had sought samples of the products made by Gond women. After examining the samples, the TRIFED placed orders for 100 dupattas with Gorakhpur federation. The women have also been associated with the e-haat web portal of Women and Child Development Department of Government of India. Besides the products made by these tribal artisans have also been displayed on online website itokri engaged in the sale of exclusive handcrafted products from across the country. Efforts are being made to display their products at online website Gaatha and other websites. An exhibition-cum-sale of dupattas, cushion covers and other products containing Gond paintings was also organized at Bhopal’s DB Mall between March 8 and 11 2018, which evoked very good response from the visitors.

Tejaswini women do social auditing of panchayat works

Tejaswini women do social auditing of panchayat works
Provision of social audit of works done under MGNREGA at least once in six months in a financial year has been made mandatory under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) Audit of Schemes Rules, 2011 and Government of India’s Operational Guidelines. To ensure transparency and accountability in the social audits, this work is conducted by a committee. The committee conducts social audits of works done in the state under MGNREGA and Panchayat Raj and Social Justice Department under the jurisdiction of Panchayat and Rural Development Department. Besides it enhances the capacity of people working at the field level and ensures effective participation in social audits. In Chhatarpur district in view of the remarkable works being done by Tejaswini Rural Women Empowerment programme, it was decided to assign the responsibility of conducting the social audits in village panchayats of janpad panchayat Badamalhara to the women of Tejaswini self-help groups and C.R.P. team. A team of three female members was formed for doing this work in ten village panchayats. The selected women were given training before they started the work. The women took the stock of various works including Kapil Dhara wells, public wells, Indira Housing, Nadep Compost Pit, playground, crematorium, among others. They checked the documents and made field visits to make physical and verbal verifications. They examined all documents and records of works done, including files, gram sabha proposals, approval of works, bill vouchers, cash books etc. During field visits, the members held direct talks and discussions with the villagers and physically verified the completed works. The social audit work was completed within six days in each village panchayat. After completion of audit of all processes and procedures under the NREGS, a special gram sabha was held to share details of the same.

Tejaswini women to help police as Samarth Sanginis

Tejaswini women to help police as Samarth Sanginis
Tejaswini women in Chhatarpur district will cooperate with the police as Samarth Sanginis (competent collaborators) and tip off the police about the crimes against women and other crimes in their respective areas, and help to end the crimes and also assist the police in their other works. Tejaswini Gramin Mahila Sangh Badamalhara is running Tejaswini programme in Badamalhara development block. Under Badamalhara location, 300 self-help groups (SHGs) have been formed in 44 villages and 32 village panchayats under Tejaswini programme. Continuous efforts are being made to empower the group members economically, socially, mentally and politically. They have received training in legal issues with the cooperation of Chaitnya Sanstha, Rajgurunagar, Pune to foster women empowerment, social justice and equality. Group members are now running family counselling centres to help the poor and victimized women. In this connection Sangh’s Shaurya Dal and SHG members visited the police station to understand the nuances of legal procedures like lodging of FIR, laws related to the women’s rights, violence against women etc. SDO (Police) Shri Pramod Kumar Saraswat explained to the women in detail the various legal processes. He told them that he intended to form a team with the women to resolve the issues of violence against women or any other violence at village level through compromise and suitable interventions. On 30 August 2017 Sagar Zone IG (Police) Shri Satish Chandra Saxena inspected the Badamalhara and Gulganj police stations. On this occasion Tejaswini Gramin Mahila Sangh Badamalhara members were invited at the police station. IGP Shri Saxena learnt about the work and experiences of the women. He proposed to them to work as an organized group with the police force and on doing so they would be named Special Mahila Police Samarth Sangini. IGP directed Badamalhara SDOP to provide required certificates to the women and said they should be given all the powers and rights enjoyed by the police so that they could work fearlessly with the police. The main objective of the constitution of Samarth Sangini is to curb the crimes against women and ensure speedy and effective action in such cases. In this regard Madhya Pradesh Director General of Police Rishi Kumar Shukla wrote to all superintendents of police in the state and this unique initiative was first launched in Betul and named Samarth Sangini. The women working in tandem with the police to curb crimes have been named Samarth Sanginis. The various activities under this initiative include preparing a network of Samarth Sanginis and training them, beat in-charge to communicate with Samarth Sanginis every week and obtain information about crimes and criminals, maintaining record of the information received in each meeting and sending copy to in-charge of police station and Mahila Cell, police station in-charge/ Mahila Cell in-charge to visit the spot immediately upon receiving any type of information and take legal action and communicating with the girls attending aanganwadis and schools and provide training to them in judo and karate through Youth Welfare Department. Tejaswini Rural Women Empowerment Programme has sent a list of women nominated as Samarth Sanginis to the SDOP office at Badamalhara.

“Ghanti Dal” inspiring people to return loan

“Ghanti Dal” inspiring people to return loan
The women of Swayamsiddha Tejaswini Mahila Sangh Saleha have formed a “Ghanti Dal” to convince people to return the bank loan. The Ghanti Dal includes seven members of self-help group. These women visit the homes of the people in village Patna who have taken loan from the bank but are defaulting in its repayment. The women ring the bell (ghanti) and prompt people to return the loan on time. Convinced by the women, the borrowers are now contacting the banks and expressing their intent to return the loan amount as soon as possible. Sometime back during a meeting, State Bank of India (SBI) Saleha’s field officer Sandeep Patel had presented a list of bank loan defaulters of villages Saleha, Kathwaria, Patnamtoli, Nayagaon, Manikpur, Madausa etc. He said he was confident that Tejaswini women could convince these people to return the loan amount. After this the Sangh formed a seven-member ‘Ghanti Dal’. Its members go to the houses of villagers who have taken loan from banks. The women ring the bell to prompt them to return bank loans. State Bank of India Saleha branch manager Shri Manohar Manadvi has hailed this unique initiative of the Sangh. Sangh president Smt. Kusum Bai has said the Ghanti Dal members doing good work would be awarded.

Group’s membership boosted self-confidence and ensured economic self-sufficiency

Group’s membership boosted self-confidence and ensured economic self-sufficiency
The family of Pushpabai Ahirwar in Bahmorikalan village of Tikamgarh district had to constantly fight poverty and often found it difficult to make both ends meet despite working hard. They worked as labourers and had to perform physically demanding jobs for sustenance. But their condition changed after they joined Tejaswini programme. After joining Tejaswini self-help group (SHG), Pushpa started saving Rs 20 per week. The SHG members shared their problems with each other and also deliberated how they could be resolved. After discussions with members, Pushpa took loan of Rs 5000 from the group. She utilized this amount to purchase some garments and tried to sell them among group members. The initial success in this work boosted her confidence and after some time she borrowed another Rs 10,000 from the group and expanded her work. Later she learnt that she could also borrow from the Mahasangh for her business and obtained loan of Rs 40,000 from the Mahasangh’s revolving fund. She used the amount to buy garments and sold them door-to-door as well as in the local market. She is now running a shop at her home and is earning Rs 9000 to 14000 per month. Pushpabai Ahirwar also borrowed from the group to buy a buffalo. Thus after joining the SHG not only her financial condition has improved significantly but she has also gained self-confidence. Her children go to school and there are all basic amenities at her home. Her husband Kamlesh Ahirwar also helps in her work and the family is now leading a happy and contented life.

Women become self-sufficient through tailoring centre

Women become self-sufficient through tailoring centre
A tailoring training and boutique centre has been set up with Bundelkhand Ajey Tejaswi Mahila Mahasangh Ajaygarh with the aim to make the women of Panna self-sufficient and provide them means of livelihood. This work is being done with the consent and cooperation of executive members of the Sangh. The information about this centre has been provided to all groups through monthly meetings and community resource person (CRP). The other livelihood activities conducted by the Mahasangh include milk dairy, goat rearing, vegetable cultivation and weekly market. The work of tailoring was most successful as all female members showed keen interest and enthusiasm in this work. The cost of the required materials for the tailoring centre including four sewing machines, scissors, stools, scrap papers, clothes etc was met through membership fee paid by the SHGs under the Mahasangh. Smt. Aarti Soni is the secretary of Maa Durga Tejaswini Mahila Self-help Group, and she had been doing the tailoring work for a long time. With no other source of income, Aarti Soni had been facing financial hardship for quite some time. The executive members of the Sangh and representatives of village-level committee appointed Aarti Soni as a master trainer at an honorarium of Rs 2500 per month to teach tailoring to other women. The work of providing training to women in tailoring is being done in two shifts, and now 40 women have become expert in sewing. In the first five months, Mahasangh has earned Rs 19000 through tailoring. The women are now doing this work with great enthusiasm and earning their livelihood.

Woman earlier forced to migrate now becomes successful businesswoman

Woman earlier forced to migrate now becomes successful businesswoman
Sukhwati Marawi of Tejaswini Sita Self-help Group at Majhgaon village under Mawai development block of Mandla has set an example for others. Her financial condition was quite pitiable before she became associated with the group; she had to work in the fields of the other people to make both ends meet. On many occasions she was even forced to migrate to neighbouring urban areas along with her husband in search of livelihood. This affected the upbringing and studies of her children. But Sukhwati stepped into a new world when she joined Tejaswini Sita Self-help Group. A big change came in her life and she opened a grocery shop after obtaining loan from the SHG. Slowly the sales from her shop increased and today she is earning between Rs 4000 and 5000 from her shop every week. Now her annual income is between about Rs 48000 and Rs 60000. Her husband has also joined this work and now he takes care of the family while staying in village.

Tejaswini programme changes the villages picture

Tejaswini programme changes the villages picture
The condition of Ramtoria village situated on the border of Uttar Pradesh in Chhatarpur district has changed rapidly in the last few years. The village’s population is about 3100 and earlier most of the people depended on labour works for sustenance. The condition in the village was so bad that often people were forced to migrate to earn livelihood. The women were also forced to migrate with their husbands and in such a scenario the children were unable to continue their studies. When the self-help group was constituted in the village, the women slowly started to connect with it. They were made aware through the group and they learnt about alternative means of livelihood. Today nearly 250 women of the village have become financially independent by setting up small businesses. The famous Abir Mata Mandir is situated near Ramtoria. Large numbers of devotees visit the temple. The women of the SHG are running small shops of various articles like hosiery, worship items, flowers, cosmetics etc in the temple premises. About 50 women are earning handsome profits by selling chunri, Prasad, flowers, toys and other things. Sanghmitr Anil Jain and Ashish Pandey of Tejaswini programme are motivating and encouraging these women and encouraging them to take up new livelihood activities. The village women are earning their living and supporting their families through various activities including vegetable cultivation, milk production, tailoring, grocery shop etc.

Beauty parlour becomes main source of income

Beauty parlour becomes main source of income
Ranu Chaurasia of Panna district is one of the women who changed both her life and destiny after joining Tejaswini programme. Ranu is a member of Shivangi Tejaswini Self-help Group at cluster Patnatmoli’s Nayagon operating under Swayamsiddha Tejaswini Mahila Sangh Saleha. After deliberations with other members of the group during regular meetings, Ranu expressed her wish to borrow money to open a beauty parlour. With the support of Sanghmitra (friend of SHG) member, she borrowed Rs 10,000 from the SHG. After this she opened a small beauty parlour. Initially she earned Rs 100 to 200 per day, but now her daily income has increased to Rs 300 to 500. Now this work has become a major source of income for her family. Ranu Chaurasia regularly participates in the group’s meetings and encourages other women to join the group.

Help to Shagun’s family devastated in fire accident

Help to Shagun’s family devastated in fire accident
It is difficult to express in words the agony of a person who toils hard for years to make her house and it is reduced to ashes in seconds in a devastating fire incident. The person feels totally helpless and distraught and doesn’t know what to do or where to go. But even in such difficult times, members of Tejaswini self-help group support and take care of each other and boost the morale of the person who has suffered huge loss. Such a tragedy occurred in the life of Laxmi Self-help Group member Smt. Shagun Kushwah at village Narayanpura of Chhatarpur district, as she lost her home and all her possessions in a dreadful fire incident on 29 April 2017. The cause of fire could not be ascertained but by the time the family members returned home they found their house and all the belongings, including Rs 24000 cash and silver jewellery, had turned to ashes. Shagun’s entire family was in deep shock after the incident. The family was not left with even the items of daily use. In such difficult situation, women of the Tejaswini self-help group consoled Shagun and her family. Members of the Tejaswini Mahila Mahasangh Bagauta decided to help them. They gave material to cook food, cooking utensils, beds and other items of daily use to Shagun’s family. District Manager Shri Manoj Naik and many Sangh members including Shri Prakash Gupta and Smt. Anupam Rana met Shagun and her family members and told them that they were not alone in this difficult time. They said Tejaswini group was always with them and would stand with them and help them in the times of need and crisis.

Community farming of watermelon

Community farming of watermelon
There are 14 Tejaswini self-help groups at village Bardwaha at Bamitha location of Chhatarpur district. The SHG members hold regular meetings and the SHGs are engaged in activities to earn and save money. Sanghmitra Micro Finance Organization provided financial assistance of Rs 60,000 in the form of loan to one of the SHGs Shriram Tejaswini Mahila Self-help Group. The women utilized this money to grow muskmelons and watermelons on rented land and earned handsome profit through community farming. Shriram Tejaswini Mahila SHG invested Rs 60,800 in the cultivation of muskmelon and watermelon. The SHG members acquired four acre farmland for Rs 20,000 on rent for four months. They spent Rs 6000 to plough the land with tractor. The women purchased improved seeds at a cost of Rs 18,400, spent Rs 5000 on sowing of seeds, Rs 5400 on diesel and pump and another Rs 4000 on insecticide. The Rs 60,000 loan given by Sanghmitra Organization was to be returned in monthly instalments of Rs 6000. All the 12 members contributed Rs 500 each and repaid the loan amount in four months. The responsibility of taking care of the muskmelon and watermelon crop was assigned to group members Ramkuar Kushwaha and Vimla Pal. It was decided to give 25 per cent share of income to these two members, while the remaining 75 per cent income was divided equally among remaining 12 members. During the four months of crop, muskmelons and watermelons worth Rs 1,17,000 were sold. After deducting the input cost of Rs 60,800, the group earned net profit of Rs 56,200. The 25 percent of the profit that is Rs 14,050 was given to two members who took care of the crop, while remaining amount of Rs 42,150 was distributed among 12 members and each of them got Rs 3500. Shriram Tejaswini Mahila SHG has decided to do this work on larger scale next year.

Sarai village under Samnapur block of district Dindori is famous for its vegetables. There are 9 Tejaswini self-help groups here and 97 families are associated with them. There are total of 134 families in the village; thus about 72% families are associated with the SHGs. Out of these 97 families, 87 cultivate vegetables using modern farming methods. Women of the groups not only produce vegetables, but also go to the market themselves to sell them. Till some time back, arhar, maize and vegetables were grown in the fields here using traditional farming techniques due to which the income was limited. The level of people’s health and education was not satisfactory in the village. Initially Rani Durgawati Tejaswini Mahila Mahasangh formed three groups here, and 30 women became associated with them. Out of them 10 women were chosen to grow vegetables using progressive farming methods. They grew vegetables, especially tomato, in their fields using cutting edge techniques. This fetched them more profit, compared to traditional farming, as the yield was not only superior in quality but also much more in quantity. Better crop yield and more income boosted the confidence of the women. This inspired other families to adopt progressive farming and slowly the picture of the village began to change. With surplus income from the cultivation of vegetables, five families in the village have got the bore-wells dug at their homes. One woman has purchased tractor, five others have purchased land and several others have bought jewelleries and ornaments. They and their families are taking better and nutritious diet and their health has improved and now there is no malnourished child in the village. Now their children go to schools and the light of education has illuminated their homes. The village people are happy and content after adopting advanced farming techniques.

Sarai village under Samnapur block of district Dindori is famous for its vegetables. There are 9 Tejaswini self-help groups here and 97 families are associated with them. There are total of 134 families in the village; thus about 72% families are associated with the SHGs. Out of these 97 families, 87 cultivate vegetables using modern farming methods. Women of the groups not only produce vegetables, but also go to the market themselves to sell them.

Till some time back, arhar, maize and vegetables were grown in the fields here using traditional farming techniques due to which the income was limited. The level of people’s health and education was not satisfactory in the village. Initially Rani Durgawati Tejaswini Mahila Mahasangh formed three groups here, and 30 women became associated with them. Out of them 10 women were chosen to grow vegetables using progressive farming methods. They grew vegetables, especially tomato, in their fields using cutting edge techniques. This fetched them more profit, compared to traditional farming, as the yield was not only superior in quality but also much more in quantity. Better crop yield and more income boosted the confidence of the women.

This inspired other families to adopt progressive farming and slowly the picture of the village began to change. With surplus income from the cultivation of vegetables, five families in the village have got the bore-wells dug at their homes. One woman has purchased tractor, five others have purchased land and several others have bought
jewelleries and ornaments. They and their families are taking better and nutritious diet and their health has improved and now there is no malnourished child in the village. Now their children go to schools and the light of education has illuminated their homes. The village people are happy and content after adopting advanced farming techniques.
Sarai village under Samnapur block of district Dindori is famous for its vegetables. There are 9 Tejaswini self-help groups here and 97 families are associated with them. There are total of 134 families in the village; thus about 72% families are associated with the SHGs. Out of these 97 families, 87 cultivate vegetables using modern farming methods. Women of the groups not only produce vegetables, but also go to the market themselves to sell them. Till some time back, arhar, maize and vegetables were grown in the fields here using traditional farming techniques due to which the income was limited. The level of people’s health and education was not satisfactory in the village. Initially Rani Durgawati Tejaswini Mahila Mahasangh formed three groups here, and 30 women became associated with them. Out of them 10 women were chosen to grow vegetables using progressive farming methods. They grew vegetables, especially tomato, in their fields using cutting edge techniques. This fetched them more profit, compared to traditional farming, as the yield was not only superior in quality but also much more in quantity. Better crop yield and more income boosted the confidence of the women. This inspired other families to adopt progressive farming and slowly the picture of the village began to change. With surplus income from the cultivation of vegetables, five families in the village have got the bore-wells dug at their homes. One woman has purchased tractor, five others have purchased land and several others have bought jewelleries and ornaments. They and their families are taking better and nutritious diet and their health has improved and now there is no malnourished child in the village. Now their children go to schools and the light of education has illuminated their homes. The village people are happy and content after adopting advanced farming techniques.

Vegetable cultivation through rain shelter technique

Vegetable cultivation through rain shelter technique
In Paraswada block of Balaghat district, Mahasangh Nari Shakti Mahila Sangh under Tejaswini programme is using rain shelter technique to grow vegetables in Paraswada. During rainy season the cultivation of green leafy vegetables is undertaken as an innovation so that the beneficiaries not only get fresh intake of nutritious vegetables but it also provides livelihood opportunities. Rain shelter technique is used to grow vegetables like green coriander, spinach, methi (fenugreek), green pepper etc. in sheds. Currently cultivation of vegetables has been started in 12 villages and 25 rain shelters have been constructed. The cost of construction of a rain shelter is between Rs 2500 and 3000. It requires bamboo poles, polymer wire or rope and plastic sheet. The width of rain shelter is fixed at 9 feet and tomatoes, green chillies, cauliflower and other vegetables are cultivated lengthwise. The estimated income from a rain shelter is likely to be between Rs 30,000 and Rs 50,000.

“Seven Days Seven Homes” programme

“Seven Days Seven Homes” programme
Balanced diet is necessary for the health of all members of a family. All types of vitamins and minerals can be obtained in balanced amount if we take different types of vegetables in the food. This has been helpful in saving the people from diseases caused due to deficiency of vitamins and minerals. Tejaswini Women Empowerment Programme has launched ‘Seven days seven homes programme’ in 259 villages of all nine federations of district Dindori and benefited 9892 members to ensure they get all the essential micro-nutrients in their food. Under the programme, the members began growing seven types of vegetables in their homes in seven different vegetable beds. On the first day, the vegetable grown in the first bed is consumed and on the second the veggie grown in second bed is eaten. Similarly the vegetable grown in seventh bed is eaten on seventh day and the next day the vegetable of first bed is taken and this cycle keeps on repeating. There was noticeable improvement in the health of women and children as they ate seven different types of vegetables and obtained all necessary nutrients, vitamins and minerals in their diet. By the end of February 2017, all families associated with the Tejaswini programme would adopt this programme. This is an inimitable initiative of Tejaswini families to overcome the deficiency of micronutrients and minerals. The district administration has decided to expand the ‘Seven days seven homes programme’ to the entire district. While appreciating this programme, the administration has asked the Women and Child Development Department to popularize this campaign in all the villages of the district. Federations constituted under Tejaswini programme are carrying out various livelihood activities which mainly include farming and vegetable production. The vegetables grown by members is sold as well as consumed by them and their families. Earlier the members consumed two to three types of vegetables in a week. So they did not get all required nutrients. Under the programme, the members were made aware about nutritious diet and the benefits of eating different types of vegetables. Although the vegetables are low in energy and protein, they are very rich in minerals and vitamins. The green leafy vegetables are particularly rich in calcium, vitamin C and iron which boost the immunity power of the body. Members were motivated to grow seven types of vegetables for domestic consumption so that all family members could get all necessary vitamins and minerals.

Tri-Colour Plate (Tiranga Thali)

Tri-Colour Plate (Tiranga Thali)
Tri-colour plate (Tiranga Thali) means inclusion of three colours in the food. First colour saffron belongs to all types of pulses; second colour white is the colour of rice or roti, while third colour green is the colour of green vegetables. Such type of food is very rich in nutrients and supplies the required energy to the body for daily work. The aim of tri-colour plate is to help the members take a balanced diet by consuming food of all the three colours three times in a day. Consumption of such food keeps all the family members healthy and free of diseases and illness. PULSES: Pulses supply energy and protein to the body. The amount of protein is almost the same in all types of pulses. Its consumption is good for the body. CEREALS: Cereals make the main part of our food and are easily digestible. Cereals keep the body healthy as they provide carbohydrates, protein and vitamins. VEGETABLES: The amount of energy or protein is low in vegetables, but they are very rich in minerals and vitamins. The green leafy vegetables are particularly rich in calcium, vitamin C and the body gets all nutrients in balanced amount from them. Thus the consumption of tri-colour plate helps a person stay fit as it consists of the correct and adequate quantities of nutrients required to maintain health. Awareness has been created among members of the federations in villages about the importance of tri-colour plate during village-level committee (VLC) meetings under Tejaswini programme. It has been explained to them that such diet is wholesome and good for health. Families grow seven different types of vegetables in seven different vegetable beds in their homes and thus they and their families get all types of veggies in their food. Such type of diet is nourishing, rich in vitamins and very good for pregnant women and malnourished children. This unique initiative by the Tejaswini has been very helpful in eradicating malnutrition in the district. The district administration has decided to expand the tri-colour plate programme to the entire district in view of its benefits. While appreciating this programme, the administration has asked the Women and Child Development Department to popularize this campaign in all the villages of the district so that all the families may get healthful meals.

Federations of Tikamgarh District given the responsibility of Soil Testing

Federations of Tikamgarh District given the responsibility of Soil Testing
A decision to sanction mini soil testing labs to federations constituted under Tejaswini, which are registered under Firm and Society Act, was taken on April 29, 2016 by Tikamgarh collector at a review meeting of Agriculture Department and Agriculture Science Centre. The soil testing labs were sanctioned under centrally sponsored “Namsa Project”. On the basis of financial position of the federations, mini soil testing labs were sanctioned to three women federations viz. Divya Abha Tejaswini Mahila Mahasangh, Baldevgarh; Prerna Tejaswini Mahila Mahasangh, Bamhorikala and Sangini Tejaswini Mahila Mahasangh, Taricharkalan. Tejaswini programme’s additional district programme manager Shri Shailesh Kumar Tiwari and evaluation assistant Durgashankar Soni were present there. On 13.07.2016 training was provided to selected federations about how to operate soil testing labs sanctioned under Namsa Yojana. Training was provided by deputy director, Farmer Welfare and Agriculture Development Department, Tikamgarh. The collector provided soil testing kits at the programme. Nodal officers from the Agriculture Department were appointed for the constant monitoring of soil testing labs provided to the federations.

Livelihood through vegetable production

Livelihood through vegetable production
Durga Tejaswini self-help group has been constituted at Gorakhpur location’s Manikpur village in Dindori district. Group’s member Smt Laxmibai was given vegetable mini-kit by Tejaswini Mekalsuta Mahasangh, which she planted in her field. She obtained a yield of 30 kg of lady’s finger(bhindi), out of which she kept six kg for household use and sold remaining 24 kg of lady’s finger. Laxmibai has decided to continue to generate additional income through vegetable production. The population of Dindori district’s Sarai village is 540. Women of 97 families have been associated with nine self-help groups formed in the village under Tejaswini Rural Women Empowerment Programme. The saving of these groups is Rs 2.75 lakh. Many women are earning livelihood through vegetable production. Smt Gangotri Bai invested Rs 2500 to develop a kitchen garden and started vegetable production. She has so far earned a profit of Rs 30,000. Several women of the village including Dukhibai, Hirabai, Rekha, Santoshi, Vimla, Bhayamwati, Suavati and others have began production of vegetables like cauliflower, tomato, chilli, brinjaletc in their kitchen gardens. This work required little investment but had yielded several fold profit. For irrigation, these women use rainwater, nullah water and other sources of water. Today in the village several women farmers are running their households through the income from the cultivation of vegetables. Dindori Collector Shri Amit Tomar also visited Sarai and was quiet impressed by the women’s successful enterprise and hailed their work. Earlier vegetable was grown on a small area through traditional means in village Dhanras under location Gorakhpur. After the constitution of Tejaswini group here, the women started using improved farming techniques to grow vegetables with the cooperation of Meklasut Mahasangh. Group’s member Smt Siyabai uses modern farming techniques to cultivate vegetables and earns handsome profit. Now she earns profit of about Rs 3500 per month through sale of vegetables. Drawing inspiration from her, many other women of the village have started vegetable cultivation and are providing financial security to their families. In another village Paraswah Bharratola of Cluster Paraswah in Dindori district, three self-help groups have been formed under Tejaswini Vikas Vahini Mahasangh. Members of these groups have started vegetable cultivation for their livelihood. These women have adopted modern farming techniques and grow different vegetables in different seasons for maximum yield and profit. They cultivate cauliflower, bottle gourd, snake gourd, karela(bitter gourd), barbate and other vegetables, along with maize. Under Tejaswini programme, these women have been trained and educated on selection of high yielding better seeds, preparation and use of organic manure and other improved farming techniques. These SHG members are earning handsome profit from the cultivation and sale of variety of vegetables.

Organization’s Power

Organization’s Power
Tejaswini programme is being run in 50 villages of Birsa development block in Balaghat district. Borkheda village is situated quiet close to Malajkhand Copper Project. When the work on copper project started then the farmers whose land was acquired were given employment under the project. The copper project contaminated the soil and water of the village causing much damage to the agriculture in the area. The villagers raised this issue several times at the village-level meetings but the problem remained unsolved. Tejaswini programme created awareness among the women and they apprised the collector, SDM and the local MLA about the problem. When the registered union of Malajkhand Copper Project learnt about this issue, they raised it before Malajkhand project manager. Later they was an agreement between Malajkhand management and the villagers, under which it was agreed that the able locals would be employed as casual labour in Malajkhand Copper Project. Besides a community building is being constructed in the village, which would be utilized for holding the meetings of self-help groups and for organizing cultural programmes. Besides at the initiative of the village level committee, water filters have been provided to 120 families of Borkeda village. Water filters to another 125 families have been provided in Chhinditola village.

No More Migration to Cities in Search of Livelihood

No More Migration to Cities in Search of Livelihood
In drought hit Panihari village of Tikamgarh, many people were forced to migrate in seach of livelihood. Some members of Ratangarhwali Mata Tejaswini self-help group also made up their mind to go to nearby urban areas for livelihood. But during a meeting of the group, location staff members convinced them to earn livelihood in the village itself. They were told they were entitled to receive loan up to four times their savings from Sangmitra Micro-Finance at low interested rate. They received loan of Rs 80,000 after completing formaties and submitting required documents. Beneficiaries including Rajni Ahirwar, RajKumari Ahirwar, Savitri and Teja Ahirwar got associated with livelihood activity and got loan of Rs 20,000 each for the brick kiln and grocery shop business. Now these women are running their business successfully and selling bricks at the rate of Rs 4 per brick.

Earned Profit Through Sale of Electric Items

Earned Profit Through Sale of Electric Items
In Sakera village of Tikamgarh, Kavita and Rajeshwari of Rani Laxmibai Tejaswini Mahila self-help group were facing a lot of financial hardship. Their labourer husbands were not getting much work due to ill-health and it was difficult for them to make both ends meet. Location coordinator Sunil Kumar Rawat informed them about Sanghmitra Microfinance when they narrated their woes at the SHG meeting. With the consensus of all the members linkage was done and loan of Rs 20,000 each was sanctioned to Kavita and Rajeshwari. They used this amount to purchase electric items and started selling them at Naguaon Bus Stand. Now they are earning Rs 200 to 400 per day and the financial condition of their houses has improved a lot.

TEJASWINI’S INITIATIVE FOR NAL-JAL YOJANA

TEJASWINI’S INITIATIVE FOR NAL-JAL YOJANA
Ghunchu village in Chatarpur district is situated on Rajnagar to Bachhon Road. Tejaswini programme was launched here in 2008. Currently seven self-help groups are working here. These groups are working for village development, health, education, cleanliness, besides dedication and stopping gambling in the village. Earlier the village faced severe water shortage. There was only one bore on the border of Ghunchu village and Kurela. The bore had water but it was situated at a distance of more than 1000 metre from the village. Other sources of water in the village had almost dried up. Tejaswini group and VLC members organized a meeting to discuss this problem. PHE Department’s officer Shri Shyam Gautam and Shri Prabhakar Khare were present at the meeting. They informed that with the cooperation of village panchayat, drinking water could be provided to the village under Nal Jal Yojana. Later, during the Gram Sabha on August 15, the Tejaswini group members expressed their views before all the villagers and officials on the issue. They said the water problem in the village could be solved through Nal Jal Yojana. There was consensus on this, and the budget was prepared which was approved by the Gram Sabha. The administration passed a budget of Rs 1.80 lakh. After this the PHE department repaired the motor, new pipes were procured from Kanpur and the broken pipes replaced and repaired and the water brought to the village. It was decided at the meeting that water connection would be provided to each household of the village for which the beneficiary would have to pay Rs 400 one time and later a monthly charge of Rs 50 to 60. This amount would be utilized for the maintenance of the motor and other works. At a meeting of the Tejaswini Group, a drinking water committee was formed with the involvement of other women of the village. A 10-member committee was formed including panch representative, Asha worker, aaganwadi worker and assistant and Tejaswini Group members. Nal-Jal(water) connection has already been provided to 20 families of the village, and connection to more families is being provided. After the water problem was solved, toilets have been built in the houses of 162 families in the village out of 182 families.

LOANS OF RS 91 LAKH SANCTIONED AT BANK FAIRS, DISTRICT- CHATARPUR

LOANS OF RS 91 LAKH SANCTIONED AT BANK FAIRS, DISTRICT- CHATARPUR
Bank fairs were organized in Chatarpur under Tejaswini Rural Women Empowerment Programme to sanction maximum loan amount to group women so that they could earn livelihood and generate income. Bank fairs were organized at Banbha on September 28 by M.B.G.B branch, on September 29 by Madhyanchal Gramin Bank Salaiyya and Madhyanchal Gramin Bank Ishanagar and on September 30 at Bhagua village. The fair organized on September 28 was attended by 161 group members, and M.B.G.B regional manager Shri Gupta, State Bank’s L.D.M and branch manager. A total of 227 members participated in the fair organized on September 29. Loans worth Rs 91 lakh were approved for 84 self-help groups by Madhyanchal Grameen Bank branch Salaiyya and Ishanagar. State Bank of India’s L.D.M Shri Rakesh Gupta and branch manager were present on the occasion. Besides sanctioning loan, the bank officials provided detailed information to the group members about banking process, services to be provided to the groups, financial literacy, schemes etc.

N.T.P.C, Barethi, Chatarpur distributes solar energy bulbs and smokeless stoves under Corporate Social Responsibility

N.T.P.C, Barethi, Chatarpur distributes solar energy bulbs and smokeless stoves under Corporate Social Responsibility
Following the initiative taken by Tejaswini Programme location coordinator Shri Rishikesh Trivedi, NTPC officers agreed to make Tejaswini groups aware about natural and renewable resources under corporate social responsibility(CSR). N.T.P.C distributed smokeless stoves, solar energy plates and solar energy L.E.D bulbs to Tejaswini group women at Barethi and Sandani and explained how to operate them and the benefits of solar energy.

VACANT GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS TO BE ALLOTED FOR FEDERATION OFFICES

VACANT GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS TO BE ALLOTED FOR FEDERATION OFFICES
Federation offices constituted under Tejaswini programme will now run from vacant government buildings. A decision in this regard was taken at the government level. Implementing the decision, seven out of ten Federation offices in Tikamgarh district have been shifted in government building. Remaining three buildings have also been selected and the process of allotment will take place soon. Federation offices will operate after repair of allotted buildings. Process of allotment of government buildings has also been initiated in other districts. So far federation offices were being run from rented accommodations and the federations faced the financial burden of paying the rent. The federations will now be able to utilize the amount saved in other activities related to the welfare of the women.

Water conservation by 'Bori Bandhan".....District Dindori

Water conservation by 'Bori Bandhan
The agriculture business is enriching at the profitable stage in district Dindori of Madhya Pradesh. Most of the backward villages (Grams) of district are at growing platform and contributing excellent efforts for pecuniary development. This wonder is the fruitful result of women associated with village level committee (gram stariya samiti). Their tuff efforts have reflected an amazing scenario in village like Rawankund, Gutalwah, Dankakhamhariya, Dundusarai, Amera, Bilgaon, Kaarigadahri, Dangariya, Gutlima and Chargaonracky. Thus, stopdams have been constructed with the help of 14 Bori Bandh in 10 villages of district Dindauri. This technique is providing necessary irrigation facility for good farming and preparing kitchen garden. Actually, before sometime the farmers of these villages were totally depend on rainwater for cropping and yielding. This situation was very much chronic at the time of draught. It affected the domestic income of their family. They also seek for an opportunity to rectify the problem of drinking water. To sort out the problem, Jagriti Mahila Sangh organised a meeting and collectively decided to construct a stopdam with joot bags (bori baandh). Women associated with Tejaswini Gramin Mahila Sashaktikaran Programme, started water harvesting process with common understanding of gram samiti and co-ordination of local staff. Other villagers also contributed their efforts to complete the task. Now, these villagers are yielding their fields with availability of 14 Bori Bandh . This technique is very much beneficial to fulfil the daily needs. These stopdams, costs rs. 35 thousand is helping the farmers to continue the rich farming. The whole, social script and enactment was the prior step of women which afterwards followed by men villagers. “It is really appreciable act of women power. It is undoubtedly the fruitful outcome of self confidence, awareness and firm determination of women, which proves that women have now understood their importance and role in the society. These women are leaving the traditional myths and contributing their recognizable efforts in reckless speed of complete development.

Irrigation with the help of solar energy

Irrigation with the help of solar energy
400 women are yielding and surviving very well with horticulture based farming in block/location Niwadi of district Teekamgarh. Other 20 women associated with this group have combined land of 25 acre. These women are doing irrigation from the solar pumps fit in wells of their field. 5500 poor farmer women of 421 groups are associated with two location i.e. Tarichrkalan and Niwari block of district Teekamgarh. Before decays, these women were depend on rainy season for farming. There is neither any other source of water nor proper arrangement of electricity which affect the agricultural efforts of women. To sort out the problem of irrigation and water, Livelihood activity as Vegetable cultivation programme affiliated with Tejaswini scheme, has provided an alternative organisation to the women group. It has done excellent efforts to rectify the problem. Development alternative organisation has also provided the drinking water by solar panel in district Tikamgarh. Then, women also demanded for irrigation system processed by solar system. The project co-ordinator took keen interest to develop the solar panel irrigation system. The co-ordinators started survey or water level of wells and collected other important information. After this prior step, the company executives of solar firm have surveyed the location and discussed to the women about technical necessities for the same project. Ultimately, it has been decided that 2 H.P. (horse power) pump will best suit for the irrigation of 25 acre land. These women made common understanding to irrigate their land with aforesaid technique. Then, workers of CLARO Company have established a pump of 2 H.P. The women sort out problem of irrigation along with the increment of their domestic income. Now, these women are regularly irrigating their fields and getting electricity in bonus. The women shared their experiences and said” now, we serve as an officer here. We bring our Tiffin with us in morning and happily return to our home in evening. We don’t have any sort of need to irrigate our fields in late night hours.

“Kisan club”...Inspiring Farmers to Adopt Modern agricultural Techniques

“Kisan club”...Inspiring Farmers to Adopt Modern agricultural Techniques
“Kisan Club” playing a vital role to make agriculture as more beneficial business than before in Madhya Pradesh. In Balaghat district now women farmers were practising modern techniques of agriculture & enjoying more income with least investment in guidance of the “Kisan club”. Formation of “Kisan Club” : The constitutional process of “Kisan Club” inaugurated from April 2013 and now about 71 “Kisan Club” constituted in the district,33 in Warasivni & 38 in Lalburra Location. Atleast 10 members are involved in the formation of a “Kisan Club” .There are maximum number of rural womens are involved in the “Kisan Club” are from SHG of programme Tejaswini. Role of NABARD : The National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD) provides financial assistance & technical knowhow for the promotion and formation of “Kisan Club”. Women farmers can also utilize the amount for inter loaning and fulfil other needs. Benefits of Kisan Club : The women farmers are more informed about the modern agricultural techniques than before .In “Kisan clubs”women farmers taking benefits with enriching their knowledge as - Training : Field training for the cultivation by new modern techniques as SRI etc. Technical Guidence : women farmers are getting technical guidance for soil testing,seed treatment,use best quality of seeds etc. Exposure Visit : visit of farmers in developed farm land,Krishi Vigyan Mela etc.Adoption of Manure : To vail complete information about Manure farming in co-ordination with the Govt. Agricultural department. Management of records : The records maintains with “Kisan Club” as cash book,ledger,meeting register,bill file etc.

Richness of Genetic Diversity of Minor-Millets on Farmers Fields

Richness of Genetic Diversity of Minor-Millets on Farmers Fields
Millets are small-seeded grasses that are hardy and grow well in dry zones as rain-fed crops, under marginal conditions of soil fertility and moisture. Millets are also unique due to their short growing season (as little as 65 days). Looking to poor production of these crops under rainfed situation and the food and nutritional security, improved varieties of small millets (kodo-kutki) were introduced to federations of Self Help Groups (SHGs) formed under Tejaswini Rural Woman Empowerment Programme, considering the climatic conditions of Dindori district, and as a community-based livelihoods programme to enhance the production and income of farmers by growing millets that could be marketed at higher price for its properties in comparison to other crops like wheat and paddy rice grown earlier. The community produced wheat, paddy rice, kodo-kutki millets and corn but due to lack of technical knowhow access to markets and involvement of middlemen to sell their produce, getting proper value of their products was a basic service indicator. Earlier they use to produce only a quintal out of their small land holding i.e. from 0.5 to 1 acre and had low market value to the tune of INR 8-10 per kg and had very low total income as a whole for kodo-kutki. To address this service indicator of low income of the farmers, TRWEP conducted a baseline survey regarding livelihoods concerns of the village and after looking at the keenness of the SHG federations to carry out a experiment on minor millets crops as a source of income generation. For the purpose, the project was sanctioned on kodo-kutki millet production to 1497 community women of Nari Chetna Mahila Sangh Mehendwani, a federation of village level SHGs in district Dindori. This project was started from July 2013 with 1497 SHG farm women. July 2014 onwards, 2700 farmwomen from SHGs and 3800 are men & women both as other farmers ware expected to join. They have 1- 2 acres land each but the sowing was done 0.5 acre of land. Each farmer (women ) received a training course on millet production technology involving experts of KVK Dindori, Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwa Vidhyalaya (JNKVV), Jabalpur, NGOs as NYWCID and location-specific staff involved in the project. In order to determine the efficacy of new initiatives, it was ensured that the selected members were not involved in any other livelihood activity, so the income generation could be measured solely in terms of the new initiative. To support these farmers in the production of millets, exposure visits were arranged for selected CRPs (Community Resource Persons) to the Krishi Vigyan Kedra (KVK) at Dindori . Under the technical guidance of KVK, JK – 48 and JK – 439 a developed species of Koudo and JK – 8 a developed species of Kutki were selected for the farming and latest agricultural equipments were provided by the project to maximise production. Integrated Nutrient Management as well as Integrated Pest Management technique for insect management was used whereby farmers were encouraged to use neem oil mainly. The farmers were also encouraged to use vermicompost under integrated manner. (this approach was inducted on the farm to increase the yield parameters to enhance the total productivity of the crops undertaken) which could eventually help them to get quality seeds of these small millets for better marketability and generating more income. TRWEP converged with the Department of Agriculture of Madhya Pradesh Government for classification of the Kodo kutki crops and providing harvesting machine for farmers ( To the Federation only) costing INR. 4,00,000. Intervention has increased the yield from 1.0q in area of 1 acre to 1q to 1.5q in area of 0.5 acre and released an outcome of INR 4000/q (INR 40/ kg ) which INR. 3000 more than their original income of INR. 1000/q( INR 10 /1 kg ) only. With the introduction of improved varieties of Kodo (JK-48 and JK-439) and kutki (JK-8) and integrating them with the suitable nutrient and weed/ pest management especially incorporation of vermicompost and neem oil for insect management, enhancement in the grain yield of these crops were recorded. Women farmer (1497) realised total productivity of 2245.5 q out of 748.5 acres which amounted them a sum of INR 89,82,000/- at the rate of INR 4000/ q. Now a farmer gets more production per crop as compared to farmers’ method of cultivation (farmers are paid directly through the Federation.). This has increased the farmer’s net income to the tune of Rs. INR 5,200 as each farmer has deposited 20 kg seeds to the Federation which had total 300 q seeds available with amounting INR 12 lakhs (@ INR 4000/q). As a result of these efforts which have also reduced the interference of middle men, thereby increasing profit margins of the farmers. Hence the crop produced at Dindori district is of special variety and its demand is very high in the market because of high medicinal value. These small millets particularly in kodo has several health benefits. The whole grain has very high protein, fibre content and non-glutinous and is considered to be the least allergic and amongst most digestible grains available. Kodo-kutki is particularly high in minerals like iron, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium. The medicinal value of these grains is highly valued because its consumption can lead to increased levels of haemoglobin and reduced cases of diabetes. In this context, for Nutritional security beyond food security, farmers (farm women) would be able to access to essential nutrients by strengthening additional domestic food production, and nutritional value from kodo-kutki through better land management practices and finally generating income through increased trade and value addition agricultural products from these crops.

Solar base Drinking Water Pipe Line Supply

Solar base Drinking Water Pipe Line Supply
It was the initial year (2008) of field implementation of the Tejaswini project and Society for Development Alternatives was implementing this project at their two locations namely Niwari and Taricharkalan at Niwari block of Distt Tikamgarh. The Central region part of our Country Bundelkhand was facing lot of scarcity of water both drinking purposes as well as Agricultural purposes. When the location staff started PRA work for formation of WSHG, the community told their lot of problem which was prevailing surrounding them. Drinking Water was the major problem for them hence the community was un-innate felling to combine with this project. The Niwari location staff has discussed this problem to the senior officer of the Organization Development Alternatives and one big village level meeting has organized with the community for how to solve this problem. Organisation DA took this village for implementation of Arghyam Project for drinking water and sanitation. Lot of idea has come out through the community and lastly community agreed on Spread out the Pipe water Line around the village so that each hamlet (mohalla) gets drinking water. The organization has started the work to work-out the cost of it and from where we get the sufficient source of water. After doing survey it was come out that 1900 meter pipe line will be spread out in the village, 19 stand posts will be required to supply the water to the villager, where this tap stand will be set up, 2HP submersible pump will be required, and for all that approx Rs.2.50 lac to Rs. 3.00 lac will be spend. Resistivity test has been made and one sufficient source of water has been found in the village. Cost estimation was also discussed with the community and from where this cost will be meat out and how much cost will be bear by the villagers. Finally it was agreed that 30% cost will be bear by the community in form of labour and kind and rest of the 70% will be bear by the Organisation for materials. The lay outing work to spread out the pipe line has been started. During this and set up work of tap stand has also emerge as a big problem because every one villager or powerful person wanted to fix tap stand in front of their house and some of the villager said if it was not fix at in front of their house this work will be very difficult for the organization and some one told we will do work of IPC 302. This type of problem solve by the community mostly women and intellectual person of the villager. Pipe line spread out in the village and tap stand has been set up at the each hamlet and it was decided by the community to take at least 20 house hold take water from each tap stand. For operation of pipe water line supply, one community base Samagra Jal Vikas Samiti (SJVS) has been formed and their roll and responsibility was also fixed like operation and maintenance of pipe water line collection of monthly rental from each house hold etc. Now the last work of pipe water line supply yet to be finalized i.e.to put the submersible pump in the bore. When this work completed and water flow out at each tap stand, all villager were happy particularly women were very happy. After solving this problem, the Tejaswini Project work has been started and WSHG has been formed. But the main problem was also stand wherever i.e. electricity, because a huge amount due of electricity department were stand on the villagers of agricultural activities. SJVS did the meeting with the Electricity Department for separate connection for water line supply which was mandatory and agreed to pay due amount in installment and initial the SJVS collect Rs. 25000/- from the villager on which huge amount were due. Initially 6 month to 1 year this pipe line work smoothly and villager were pay off electricity bill on monthly regular basis but old out standing of electricity department due could not pay-off by the community/villagers. Organisation DA has made many efforts with the community to run the pipe line water supply regularly. Many meeting organized with the villagers to pay-off electricity department dues so that pipe line water supply run regularly but some villager told that can this pipe line water supply not run by solar system? DA staff told can be but a huge amount will be required approx Rs. 2.00 lac to Rs. 3.00 lac and who will pay for it. DA has approached to Arghyam trust for setting up solar system. Arghyam trust gave the sanction for the same. DA installed a solar system for running pipe line water supply in 2010. Since than Solar base pipe line water supply system running regularly by 22 tap stand for assured drinking water, which is totally community based and run by the Samagra Jal Vikas Samiti of this villager’s participation. Organization has also made constructed participatory cattle trough through panchayat for drinking water for animals of the village at the boarder of the village. On a sanitation issues organization has participatory constructed 170 toilets, 17 Soak Pit and 600 meter drainage in the village. Organization has also organized a awareness programme with the school children on sanitation issues.

Rural Women Promoted SWIP campaign

Rural Women Promoted SWIP campaign
Rural Women Promoted SWIP campaignto incsease polling Tejaswini Rural Women Empowerment Programme promoted the Election Commission’s programme Systematic Voters Education & Electoral Participation (SVEEP) in six districts of M.P. All the SHG members i.e. Rural women conducted meetings, training programme, Rally and campaign aimed to enhance percent of voting & encourage masses to participate in the process of voting. By their efforts the electroral percentage has increased in these districts.