Success Story

 


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.