About Tejaswini

Tejaswini Rural Woman Empowerment Programme is being implemented by the M.P. MahilaVittaEvamVikas Nigam in the six districts of M.P, namely Balaghat, Dindori, Mandla, Panna, Chhattarpur and Tikamgarh, with the financial assistance of IFAD. The criteria for selecting these districts are mainly due to poverty, Gender imbalances and tribal dominance. The project started in the year 2007 and is to be completed in the year 2015, but now the project is extended upto September 2017. Under the project 204272 rural women through 16224 women SHGs were benefited to mobilized spread over six districts named above. It may be noted that the beneficiaries selected belong to poorest of the poor section of the society. This selection was done on the basis of household survey/wealth ranking survey conducted for the program. These groups, as well as the group members were provided with different empowerment inputs /trainings, namely group management and accounting, decision taking and prioritizing their needs, conflict management, gender sensitization, income enhancement inputs, legal awareness, health & hygiene and management of the group funds for improving the lives of the member women. The NGOs are taking assistance of mobilizers for implementing the project on the field. The DPMU was assisted by different NGOs to implement the project through mobilizers under the project. Resource NGOs also to undertake the training needs for the project for stakeholder and devise suitable training modules. Initially, the hand holding was essential so that the groups become self dependent, but now they have understood the concept, the groups and their members have to be rendered independent and therefore, the role of NGOs have to be limited. Now they only supports the programme in few areas like capacity building, livelihood strengthening of the federations.