About Tejaswini

IFAD-MP Tejaswini Rural Woman Empowerment Programme is being implemented by the M.P. Women Finance And Development Corporation under the Directorate of Women Empowerment, Government of Madhya Pradesh in the six districts of the State, namely Balaghat, Dindori, Mandla, Panna, Chhattarpur and Tikamgarh, with the financial assistance of IFAD. The criteria for selecting these districts are mainly poverty, Gender imbalances and tribal dominance. The project started in the year 2007 and is to be completed during financial year 2018-19. Under the project, 204272 rural women have been  mobilized into 16224 Women Self-Help-Groups (SHGs) in 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 District Programme Management Unit (DPMU) was assisted by different NGOs to implement the project through mobilizers under the project. Resource NGOs also undertook the training needs for the project for stakeholder’s and devised suitable training modules. Initially, the hand holding was essential so that the groups become self dependent, but now that they have understood the concept, the groups and their members have become independent and therefore, the role of NGOs is over.

60 Federation of the Women Self-Help-Groups (SHGs) have been formed under MP Society Registration Act 1973. At present the focus is on livelihoods, micro-enterprises and marketing linkages.