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Joint Review Mission XI visit Madhya Pradesh from 12th to 24th March 2018

The Joint Review Mission XI is on visit of Madhya Pradesh from 12th to 24th March 2018. Team includes Mr. Carlo Spinello, Ms. Girija Srinivasan Ms. Meera Mishra Mr. Shreekantha Shetty, Mr. Shriram and Mr. Anees Jain. On 12th March, the team has taken a meeting headed by Tejaswini Project Director Mrs. Nidhi Nivedita at Madhya Pradesh Woman Finance and Development Corporation, Bhopal. The Progress Report of the programme was presented in the meeting by Project Director. In the meeting Deputy Project Director Mr A.S.Bhal, Project Management Consultant Mrs. Snehlata Kumar and Managers were present. In the afternoon, the team members left for field visit along with SPMU officials. The missions broadly assess overall project progress towards its development objectives. Team review the status of federations, meet SHG members, access progress in implementation of the livelihood activities, contract farming and identify innovations, best practices and success stories. In Tikamgarh district, Mr. Carlo Spinellon and Ms. Meera Mishra inaugurated the Fashion hub. In Dindori and Chhatarpur district, JRM team held a meeting with the collector and discussed about the programme. In Chhatarpur district, Ms. Meera Mishra inaugurated the Sanchi Milk Parlaur. In Mandla, team inaugurated Linseed roasted unit at Gadhi location. In Balaghat district JRM team visited kirnapur federation and distributed cheque of revolving fund and contract farming. In Panna, team members meet SHG women and learned about their livelihood activities. Joint Review Mission XI visit Madhya Pradesh from 12th to 24th March 2018

Tejaswini women participated and sell their products in Gramin Mahila Haat at DB Mall Bhopal

On the occasion of International Women's day, the Gramin Mahila Haat was organized at DB Mall, Bhopal. Tejaswini SHG Women from 6 districts participated in this haat. They demonstrated and sold their their products in this four day Haat from 8 to 11 March 2018 which evoked very good response from the visitors. In this haat, women sold Gond painted garments includes dupatta, saree, kurta, skirts, cushion cover, lamp shades, bamboo craft, Kodo-Kutki, rice, pulses, hand made pickle, papad, honey, dry fenugreek etc. The products made by rural women were highly appreciated and very good sales were done by them. By selling their products in DB Mall, women's confidence increased and they also got new experiences about selling their goods in such type of big market. Tejaswini women participated and sell their products in Gramin Mahila Haat at DB Mall Bhopal

Workshop on ‘Marketing’ for SHG women at Bhopal

A one-day workshop on ‘Marketing’ was organized for the women of Tejaswini Rural Women Empowerment Programme at Veterinary Hospital auditorium, Kotra, Bhopal on 1 February 2018. Manager Communications Smt. Seema Raghuvanshi, Manager Gender Dr. Rachna Gupta, Manager Livelihoods Shri Rajesh Patil, Manager MIS Shri Manish Agrawal, Manager CI Smt. Tini Pandey, Manager Establishment Smt. Rehana Rahim and other officials and staffers were present. District programme managers of six districts of Tejaswini and 120 women of self-help groups also attended the meet. TRIFED’s Regional Manager Shri J S Shekhawat, Food Inspector Shri Devendra Verma from the Food and Drugs Administration Department, Tejaswini consultant Shri Tarun Baba and Shri Anshul Agrawal participated in the workshop as subject experts. Trifed Regional Manager Shri J S Shekhawat explained the tricks of marketing to the women. He explained how they could make their product look more appealing and put it up for sale in the big showrooms and malls in the cities. He explained many important things related to marketing strategy, selection of products and price fixation. Food Inspector Shri Devendra Verma from the Food and Drugs Department gave information about the Food Safety and Standards Act. He explained the rules related to the packing, quality and sales and how things made in homes should be stored. He also gave information about the necessary license and registration process for the sale of edible items. Manager Communications Smt. Seema Raghuvanshi, Manager Livelihoods Shri Rajesh Patil, Manager MIS Shri Manish Agrawal, Senior Consultant Shri Tarun Baba and Anshul Agrawal also gave necessary information about marketing to the women. Workshop on ‘Marketing’ for SHG women at Bhopal

Workshop based on ‘Mahila e-haat Web Portal’ organized at Bhopal

Madhya Pradesh Women Finance and Development Corporation organized a one-day workshop in Bhopal on 31 January 2018 with the support of Government of India regarding Mahila e-haat Web Portal for the marketing of various items produced by self-help groups, SHG women entrepreneurs and voluntary organizations. The workshop was held at Veterinary Hospital auditorium in Kotra, Bhopal. The workshop was attended by Central Government Women and Child Development Department Joint Secretary Smt. Astha Saxena, Madhya Pradesh Women and Child Development Department Principal Secretary Shri JN Kansotia, MP Women Finance and Development Corporation Managing Director Smt. Jaishri Kiyawat, Tejaswini programme Management Consultant Smt. Snehlata Kumar, Union Women and Child Development Department consultant Smt. Manju Kalra, Ms.Tanishka Dhariwal, Tejaswini programme Manager Communications Smt. Seema Raghuvanshi, Manager Gender Dr. Rachna Gupta, Manager Livelihoods Shri Rajesh Patil, Manager MIS Shri Manish Agrawal, Manager CI Smt. Tini Pandey and other officials and employees. District programme managers of six districts of Tejaswini and 120 women of self-help groups were present. Joint Secretary Smt. Astha Saxena informed about the Mahila e-haat Portal developed by the Union Women and Child Development Department. It is an online marketplace for the women, where information about various products made by village women can be uploaded online. For this they do not have to pay any fees and the entire proceeds from the sales go to the woman entrepreneurs. Smt. Astha Saxena said a woman in a small village can sell her products all over India and even in foreign countries through online marketing. On this occasion Principal Secretary Shri J N Kansotia said the women would get a better platform and can build better opportunities through the portal. He explained to them the importance of moving forward with changing times and connecting with online marketing and cashless transaction. Managing Director Smt. Jaishri Kiyawat also informed the women about the benefits of online marketing and how the product could be made more appealing through right packing, photography and by providing information about special features of the product. An exhibition of the products made by self-help groups was also organized. After the workshop the product photography was done and the process to upload the new products on Mahila e-haat Portal was also initiated. Workshop based on ‘Mahila e-haat Web Portal’ organized at Bhopal

Milk collection and chilling centres at Chhatarpur, Tikamgarh and Panna districts

Tejaswini Rural Women Empowerment Programme has sanctioned 59 milk collection and 3 milk chilling centres under livelihood activity in Chhatarpur, Panna and Tikamgah districts. Establishment of milk collection and chilling centres has helped milk producers (cow, buffalo rearers) to sell their milk conveniently. Hon. Smt. Lalita Yadav, Minister of State, Women and Child Development Department, inaugurated a milk chilling centre on 9 February 2018. The milk quality test is done through an automatic machine AMCU. Alternatively this can be done with the help of Gerber machine. Cash payment is made to milk suppliers through milk collection centres. Between April 2017 and January 2018, total of 3,82,740 liter milk was purchased at these centres. Thus milk worth Rs 1,39,19,145 was procured. Milk sellers are earning profit of Rs 10 to 15 per liter by selling at the milk collection centre. Women of rural areas have earned direct profit of Rs 45,92,880 at the rate of Rs 12 per liter. Cash payment is made daily to milk suppliers at the milk collection centre. Besides Sudana Cattle Feed is supplied at minimum price to these milk suppliers according to their requirement and need. The Federation is getting a share in the profit earned by the milk collection centre. About 30 tankers of milk with each tanker having capacity of 2500 liters is being supplied every month to Dugdh Sangh through the milk chilling centres. The capacity of each milk chilling centre is 4000 liters. The Federation monitors the functioning of the milk chilling centres. Milk collection and chilling centres at Chhatarpur, Tikamgarh and Panna districts

Kodo-Kutki Patti supplied in aanganwadi centres by Tejaswini Nari Chetana Mahila Sangh Mehadawani in Dindori

Nari Chetana Mahila Sangh was formed in 2012 at Mehdawani block in Dindori district under Tejaswini Women Empowerment Programme. The Federation has undertaken farming of Kodo Kutki using progressive farming techniques and done commendable work to revive this almost extinct crop. The Federation’s work on Kodo Kutki farming has been hailed from time to time and has won it awards. Kodo Kutki is very rich in nutrients. In view of the nutritive value of Kodo Kutki, the Madhya Pradesh government has decided to distribute Kodo patti as a nutritive snack among children of 224 aanganwadi centres in 116 villages of Mehdawani block. The government has assigned this work to Nari Chetana Mahila Sangh Mehdawani. Since November 2017, the Sangh has been supplying Kodo patti to all aanganwadi centres through panchayats. Over 5000 children of 46 village panchayats of Mehdawani development block in 8 sectors are getting this nutritious and delicious snack. The ingredients used to prepare 35 gram Kodo patti for each child include Kodo flour, soya flour, vanaspati ghee, jaggery, roasted groundnut and roasted til. The supply of Kodo Kutki patti has resulted in continuous source of income for Tejaswini Nari Chetana Mahila Sangh members. Besides about 5000 children of aanganwadis are getting nutritious food prepared using local resources. The quality test of Kodo patti was conducted at local Kali Lab Private Limited before its distribution among children. The Madhya Pradesh Government has also directed to include delicacies made using Kodo-Kutki in the menu of Madhya Pradesh Tourism Department hotels. Kodo-Kutki Patti supplied in aanganwadi centres by Tejaswini Nari Chetana Mahila Sangh Mehadawani in Dindori

Rural women getting benefit of modern farming tools through custom hiring centre in Dindori district

Meklasuta Mahila Sangh was formed in year 2013 under Tejaswini Rural Women Empowerment Programme at village Gorakhpur in Karanjia development block of Dindori district. The Tejaswini programme is being conducted in 42 villages of 24 village panchayats in Gorakhpur location where 42 VLCs are functioning. A total of 292 self-help groups (SHGs) have been formed in these villages and female members of 3868 villages have been associated with these SHGs. In view of the works and activeness of Tejaswini Meklasuta Mahila Sangh, the administration assigned the responsibility of running custom hiring centre to the Sangh. With the initiative of Collector Shri Amit Tomar, the assistant commissioner cooperatives received orders on April 11 2017 to transfer the custom hiring centre to sanghs formed under Tejaswini programme. Tejaswini Meklasuta Mahasangh set up a custom hiring centre in Gorakhpur location on May 23 2017. The centre has six agricultural tools including a tractor worth Rs 7.25 lakh, a thresher costing Rs 1.25 lakh for deep sowing, seed drill costing Rs 35,000 for sowing seeds, a cultivator costing Rs 35,000 to plough the land, a plough costing Rs 18,000 for deep ploughing of the field and a harrow machine worth Rs 35,000 to make beds. The custom hiring centre is of great use for SHG women. They do not have to toil hard in the field as they can use modern and convenient farming tools. This saves their time and they are now earning more profit. The Sangh gives farming tools on rent to beneficiaries of other villages as per the demand. The demand is obtained through CRP at village level for the custom hiring centre. The Sangh has so far carried out works worth Rs 90,000 and earned net profit of Rs 39,000. Through Sangh’s efforts, the rural women are easily and conveniently getting costly farming tools and slowly the farming is becoming a profitable business for them. Rural women getting benefit of modern farming tools through custom hiring centre in Dindori district

Vermi compost prepared on commercial scale and sold

Vermi compost is being prepared at Tejaswini Mekalsuta Mahila Sangh Gorakhpur in Dindori district. A commercial work plan is being readied by the Sangh to make vermi compost on a large scale. Initially about 44 quintals of vermi compost was made in every three months through Sangh’s own efforts through 23 pits of bio-manure (vermi compost) at villages Ghavadongri and Gopalpur as pilot project. Initially before the launch of this work, the group members did not evince much interest in making bio-manure. But the Sangh motivated the members and they started making the vermi compost. Now the Sangh is expanding this work and planning it on a large scale. Currently the members are getting 44 quintal of vermicompost from these pits. Sangh is giving thrust to this work, so that the production of vermicompost could be increased. With the cooperation of Tejaswini Rural Women Empowerment Programme, Tejaswini Mekalsuta Mahila Sangh has prepared and sold 1 kg packets of vermi compost at Tejaswini shop in Bhopal, which fetched income of Rs 4500 to Sangh members. Currently construction of vermi sheds is underway in all the sanghs of the district and for this purpose vermicompost is being made available to these sanghs through Tejaswini Mekalsuta Mahila Sangh. Recently Tejaswini Nari Vikas Mahila Sangh Dindori and Rani Avanti Bai Tejaswini Mahila Sangh Shahpur supplied 7.5 quintal and 3.5 quintal respectively of vermicompost which fetched Sangh members an income of Rs 22,000. Tejaswini Mekalsuta Mahila Sangh is working for large-scale production and supply of vermicompost and planning it on commercial level Vermi compost prepared on commercial scale and sold

Hon. Vice President presented ‘Ang Vastra’ with Gond painting made by Dindori district’s tribal women at state-level SHG convention

The state-level training and convention of women self-help groups (SHGs) was held at Bhopal’s Jamboori Maidan on December 17. Hon. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu was the chief guest at the programme. Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Women and Child Development Minister Smt. Archana Chitnis, Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Shri Gopal Bhargava and many prominent citizens were present on the occasion. On this occasion, the Chief Minister ceremonially welcomed Hon. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu by draping an 'Ang Vastra' around his shoulders that contained traditional Gond painting. On this Ang Vastra, Tejaswini women had made traditional Gond painting with their own hands, which was much appreciated. On this occasion, the Chief Minister appreciated the kodo-kutki and cocoon garland of Dindori district and said that the various products made by the SHGs should be publicized in an appealing and effective way. He also urged the people to buy and use the products of SHGs to increase their sales. The welcome address was delivered by Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Gopal Bhargava, while Women and Child Development Minister Smt. Archana Chitnis expressed gratitude. About one lakh women from all over the state were present at the convention. The women shared their experiences. Dindori district’s Smt. Vinita Namdev, Mandla district’s Smt. Anarkali and Chhatarpur district’s Smt. Parvati Ahirwar shared their experiences on behalf of Tejaswini programme. An exhibition of the things made by the SHG members was also organized. Hon. Vice President presented ‘Ang Vastra’ with Gond painting made by Dindori  district’s tribal women at state-level SHG convention

Oil expeller machine for Rai Ramtil set up in Mandla

In Mandla district an oil expeller machine has been installed by the Sangh under Rai-Ramtil project. The group members will use the machine to extract oil from the rai and ramtil produced by them. Deliberations are in progress to sent the oil to different places and sell it in the market. In Mandla district rai ramtil is produced on a large scale. Many women farmers in the district are cultivating this as part of livelihood activities under Tejaswini programme. With the installation of the machine by the sangh, it would now be easier for them to extract the oil and sell it. Oil expeller machine for Rai Ramtil set up in Mandla

Tejaswini women display and sell products at International Herbal Fair

The International Herbal Fair was organized at Bhopal’s Lal Parade Ground from 14 to 20 December 2017. Participants from various states including Bihar, Assam, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Chhattisgarh etc, besides Madhya Pradesh, displayed and sold their products at the fair. Women of self-help groups from Tejaswini districts displayed their products for sale under Tejaswini Rural Women Empowerment Programme. The products displayed at the herbal fair included kodo-kutki, roasted flax seeds, safed musli, mahua, munga leaf, Shri Ram rice, cocoon garland and frill, cushion cover, vermi compost and others. There was good demand of these products at the herbal fair. There were about 300 stalls of rare herbs collected from different districts of the state. Collectors of Vanopaj Samitis working in remote and far-flung areas displayed different types of rare herbs and medicinal plants. Cultural programmes were organized every evening at the fair. Tejaswini women display and sell products at International Herbal Fair

Tejaswini woman farmer feted on National Women Farmers’ Day

The National Women Farmers’ Day was organized in Delhi on 15 October 2017 by Agriculture Department and National Agricultural Research Centre. Members of Tejaswini SHGs from Mandla and Balaghat districts took part in the programme. On this occasion Union Agriculture Minister Hon. Shri Radha Mohan Singh and Madhya Pradesh Women and Child Development Minister Smt. Archana Chitnis honoured the woman farmers for their contribution. Sangh member from Balaghat district Smt. Indrani Barkade was felicitated for her remarkable works by presenting a shawl and shrifal to her. Tejaswini woman farmer feted on National Women Farmers’ Day

Tejaswini women share their works at Nutrition Smart Village Workshop

The two-day Nutrition Smart Village Workshop was held at state assembly building in Bhopal on August 22-23, 2017. Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan was the chief guest at the programme, which was presided over by Minister Women and Child Development Smt. Archana Chitnis. The programme was attended by Principal Secretary, Women and Child Development, Shri J.N. Kansotia, Commissioner Women Empowerment Smt. Jaishri Kiyawat, Commissioner, Unified Child Development Service, Smt. Pushplata Singh and Tejaswini Programme Director, Smt.Nidhi Nivedita, besides officials and staff of Women and Child Development Department. Women of self-help groups on behalf of Tejaswini Rural Women Empowerment Programme and district programme managers participated in the meet. On this occasion Commissioner Women Empowerment, Smt. Jaishri Kiyawat, said that the women of SHGs constituted in six districts under Tejaswini programme are making commendable progress in all spheres of life, and have set examples for others. Programme director Smt. Nidhi Nivedita said that Tejaswini ‘Saat Din Saat Ghar’ (Seven Days Seven Homes) and ‘Tiranga Thali’ (Tri-colour Plate) programmes are worth emulating and could be expanded in the entire state. Manager, Livelihood, Rajesh Patil, elaborated on how women were becoming self-sufficient and secure by adopting various livelihood activities. District programme managers gave presentation on the works done in the districts on nutrition. On this occasion self-help group member from Chhatarpur Smt. Radha Kushwaha shared her experiences regarding ‘Poshan Vatika’ (nutrition garden). Smt. Vinita Namdev and Smt. Phulwati Tekam from Dindori district gave information about nutrition gardens and kodo-kutki and various delicious and nutritious food items that could be made using kodo-kutki. Besides Tejaswini programme’s district managers from Balaghat, Chhatarpur and Tikamgarh districts spoke about the works being done in the districts and a presentation was also given. Tejaswini women share their works at Nutrition Smart Village Workshop

MoU between Tejaswini programme and NABARD for the development of self-help groups

An MoU was signed between MP Women Finance and Development Corporation and NABARD in the presence of Hon. Women and Child Development Minister Smt. Archana Chitnis for the strengthening of self-help groups constituted under Tejaswini project. The MoU was signed at a meeting held on 26 July 2017 by Managing Director Smt Jaishri Kiyawat on behalf of Corporation and by NABARD Chief General Manager K.R. Rao. The MP Women Finance and Development Corporation and NABARD will work in tandem for the development of SHGs formed under Tejaswini project. NABARD will provide necessary assistance to the SHGs in the six districts under Tejaswini programme. The issues the NABARD will particularly focus on include assistance to group members in bank linkage, strengthening of existing livelihood activities and exploring and promoting new livelihood opportunities, providing loan as per requirement, entrepreneurship training and help in sale of products in haat bazaars (weekly markets). Besides it was also agreed that both the agencies would make suitable arrangements to encourage SHGs under Tejaswini programme, appoint SHG members as ‘bank sakhis’ (friends of bank) and digitalize the records of SHGs through e-Shakti project. On this occasion minister Smt. Archana Chitnis said that NABARD has gained global recognition by efficiently executing development-oriented works. She said there are over 16,000 SHGs under Tejaswini project and now they would develop faster with NABARD’s cooperation. NABARD’s Chief General Manager Shri K.R. Rao expressed pleasure at the progress of works executed under Tejaswini project. The progress of Tejaswini project from year 2006 to 2017 was also reviewed. Principal Secretary, Women and Child Development, Shri J.N. Kansotia, Tejaswini Programme Director Smt. Nidhi Nivedita, Deputy Programme Director Shri A.S. Bhal, manager of state unit of Tejaswini Rural Women Empowerment Programme, district programme manager and other officials were present at the meeting. MoU between Tejaswini programme and NABARD for the development of
self-help groups

Advance training for Gond artisans of Dindori district

The 12 Gond women artists of village Patangarh, Dindori district were given 6 day advance training for the “Design Development and Product Diversification” between 20th to 25th July 2017. Training was conducted with the technical support of the National Fashion Technology Institute (NIFT) in AICUF Ashram, Bhopal. Prior to this, these women were trained in the first phase in June-2017 for painting the Gond art on fabric and preparing various textiles. On the closing ceremony of the training, The Project Director Smt Nidhi Nivedita distributed the certificates to the participants. Advance training for Gond artisans of Dindori district

Training workshop for Women Gond Artists of Dindori District at NIFT Bhopal

A training workshop was organized for 19 SHG women Gond artists of village Patangarh, Dindori district at the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) Bhopal. In the first phase of the 15-day workshop held from May 23 to June 06, 2017, women artists were trained to make Gond painting on fabric. The main objective of this training is to develop the art skills of Gond Artists and make them the income generator, to bring Gond painting to the masses so that this art can survive for years, and these artists should get proper respect and livelihood. So far, these artists have been doing this traditional painting on paper and canvas, due to their being done on textiles, their income will increase on one side, while the art will also be propagated. In this workshop, women have painted on saree, kurta, dupatta, stol, skirts and cushion covers etc. On the inaugural and closing session, Smt. Jaishri Kiyawat, Commissioner Women Empowerment, Shri. U. S. Toliya, Director NIFT, Smt. Snehlata Kumar, Project Management Consultant, Tejaswini Programme, Shri. J.S. Shekhawat Regional Manager Tribes India, Finance Manager Smt. Sujata Raghuvanshi, Smt. Seema Raghuvanshi, Manager Communications, Tejaswini Program, were also present. Certificates were distributed to the trainees on the closing event. Training workshop for Women Gond Artists of Dindori District at NIFT Bhopal

Workshop for Pattern Making and Garment Construction for the SHG Women of Chhatarpur and Tikamgarh District

A training workshop for pattern making, garment stitching was organized at the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) Bhopal from 23 May to 11 June 2017. In this 20-day training programme, SHG women of Tikamgarh and Chatarpur districts were selected, who had previously received basic training of sewing. 24 women attended this training out of them 14 are from Tikamgarh and 10 from Chhatarpur district. On the closing ceremony of the training, the exhibition of garments stalled by the trainees and the certificates were also distributed. Workshop for Pattern Making and Garment Construction for the SHG Women of Chhatarpur and Tikamgarh District

Global Summit 2017 organised at Bhopal on 1st June

The Global Summit was held on 1st June 2017 at Hotel Amer Green, Hoshangabad Road, Bhopal. Union Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Minister Shri. Rajiv Pratap Rudy was present as chief guest at the inaugural session of the summit. Chief Minister Shri. Shivraj Singh Chouhan chair the inaugural session. Tejaswini Rural Women Empowerment Programme officials also participated in this Summit. There was six sector seminars during the summit. These include skill development and employment opportunities in the manufacturing sector, employment oriented higher education and self-employment opportunities in state, opportunities for recruitment of skilled manpower and challenges and opportunities of skill enhancement and employment and tourism, skill development and employment for women in state. In the Global Summit, a MOU was signed between the Women and Child Development Department and Madhya Pradesh State Skill Development Mission (M.P.S.D.S.M.) to provide short-term skill development training to 50,000 women. These women will be provided training in various disciplines under short term training program till March 2019. Global Summit 2017 organised at Bhopal on 1st June

Milk Collection Center established in Chhatarpur, Tikamgarh and Panna districts

Milk Collection Centers have been set up in 11 clusters of Chhatarpur, Tikamgarh and Panna districts by Tejaswini Programme. In Chhatarpur, Bandhikala, Bandhikhurd, Pipat, Gomkala, Lugasi, In Tikamgarh, Naiguwa, Maharajpur, Simariya and Karmasan and in Panna Khora and Nizampur, Thus, with the establishment of Milk Collection Center in total 11 clusters, it become easy for the cattleman to sell the milk. Cattleman are paid the amount immediately after measuring quality in milk. For this, machines like milk scanners, computers, printers etc. have also been installed for milk sampling. The milk collected in the milk collection center is being sold to the milk federations. Milk Collection Center established in Chhatarpur, Tikamgarh and Panna districts

Participation of Madhya Pradesh delegation in 61st session of United Nations

The 61st session of the commission formed on the status of women by the United Nations was held in New York from 13 March to 24 March 2017. To join this session, a rural tribal woman was invited by IFAD from Madhya Pradesh Tejaswini Rural Women Empowerment Programme. The programme nominated Smt. Rekha Pandram, Secretary, Tejaswini Women's Chetna Mahila Sangh of Dindori district. In her speech in New York, Smt. Rekha Padram told how advanced cultivation of Kodo-Kutki, use of organic manure, proper storage has increased manifold in Mehadwani of Dindori district. This has resulted in not only economic but social and political changes in the lives of women there and they have been empowered in every way. In the delegation from Madhya Pradesh, Hon'ble Minister, Women and Child Development Department, Smt. Archana Chitnis ji, Commissioner of Women Finance And Development Corporation Smt. Jaishri Kiyawat, Program Director, Tejaswini Rural Women Empowerment Program Shri A. S. Bhal, along with Mrs Rekha Padram were present there. Hon'ble Minister, Smt. Archana Chitnis ji also gave her statement in the session. Participation of Madhya Pradesh delegation in 61st session of United Nations

One year expansion of Tejaswini Programme

The Tejaswini Rural Women Empowerment Programme, operated in collaboration with the State Government and IFAD is going to expand for one year. The program started in year 2007 and will completed in September 2017. Now, it has extended by the IFAD for one year. Now the Tejaswini programme will end on September 30, 2018. With this, the loan expiration will be on March 31, 2019 One year expansion of Tejaswini Programme

Joint Review Mission- 10 visited the state and districts to review the programme

Tejasini Rural Women Empowerment Program has been reviewed by Joint Review Mission-10 from 30-01-17 to 10-02-17. In the supervision team, Mr. Srikant Shetty (Mission Leader), Ms. Girija Srinivasan (Consultant, Micro Finance and Institution Building), Ms. Maria Hetal (Chief Technical Advisor Gender, IFED Rome), Ms. Kajal Chakraborty (Finance Manager), Ms. Mira Mishra (Country Coordinator) and Mr. Sanskar Subramaniam Sriram (program analysts) reviewed the programme. A meeting was held in the State Office, Bhopal under the chairmanship of Mrs. Jaishri Kiyawat, Managing Director, Women's Finance and Development Corporation, on 30th Jan. 2017, in which IFAD Mission, Program Director Smt. Seema Singh Thakur, Vice President Shri A. S. Bhal, Program Management Consultant Mrs. Sneh Lata Kumar, Program Advisor Mr. M K Chaturvedi, including State and District Unit Management Were present. On January 30, the mission members left for the tour of the districts. In their report, the Mission has described the Tejaswini programme as highly satisfactory by giving 5 marks out of 6, which has been very successful in the direction of women's economic, social and political empowerment. Joint Review Mission- 10 visited the state and districts to review the programme

Ms.Rekha Pendram from Tejaswini MP, invited in the 61st session of CSW

An active President of Tejaswini NariChetnaMahilaSangh (Federation) District Dindori,Tejaswini Rural Woman Empowerment Program,MP, from tribal community Ms.Rekha Pendram invited by IFAD to share her knowledge and experience on the occasion of 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women, being held at the UN Headquarters in New York, USA from 13-24 March 2017. Tejaswini rural women empowerment program is constantly working on the issues of women empowerment, social status of women in society, right to entitlements, food security, education of women, children and acclaimed many awards and recognition in many fronts for their work and efforts. It is great honour and recognition of work being done by Tejaswini MP. Ms.Rekha Pendram from Tejaswini MP, invited in the 61st session of CSW

Tejaswini team visited Laghu Vanopaj Prasanskaran Evam Anusandhan Kendra Bhopal

In Madhya Pradesh the forest area is around 95,000 sq km and about 25 thousand plant species is available in this region, from which 2200 species are very important. In Madhya Pradesh, about 200 medicinal species are commercially important. Various forest tribes found in the forests of the state are depend upon these forest products for their food security, health care and other livelihood activities. Under Tejaswini program, Balaghat, Dindori, Chatarpur, Mandla, Panna and Tikamgarh districts are also rich in many important forest products. Some of these products are Nagarmotha, Bayvidng, white muesli, Mahua, Chaar, Mohlai Bella, harrah, Behera, amla, Cikodha etc. If the management of the forest products done correctly for the local people, it may be a good livelihood for them. Currently the local residents are using these products but they are not aware of storage, get market and they are not able to find the right price of their products because of the lack of information. On these issues, Tejawini program initiatives to take them in a visit of Laghu Vanopaj Prasanskaran Evam Anusandhan Kendra M.F.P. Park Berkhera Pathani, Bhopal on 21 February 2017, At the meeting, Managing Director, Women's Finance and Development Corporation Smt. Jaishri Kiyawat, project consultant Smt.. Snehlata Kumar, Senior Advisor Shri. M K Chaturvedi, District Programme Managers, Manager Gender Smt. Rachna Gupta, Manager Communication Smt. Seema Raghuvanshi, Manager MIS Shri. Manish Agrawal and Federation women interact with Shri Jawad Hasan, Managing Director of Laghu Vanopaj Prasanskaran Evam Anusandhan Kendra, Shri R R Okhandiar and Shri Chittaranjan Tyagi. They saw the whole process from storage to packaging and ask their queries to the officials. In the meeting they decide that in Chatarpur district at location Rajnagar, for the proper management of medicinal plant Nagarmotha, the district level officers of Laghu Vanopaj Prasanskaran Evam Anusandhan Kendra give the training to the SHG women, and also the Kendra will purchase the products from them. Similarly the training will held in other districts also for the products like white muesli, Mahua, Chaar, Mohlai Bella, harrah, Behera, amla, Cikodha etc and products will be purchase by Kendra. This help the rural women to do not have to go with the intermediaries and will receive the fair value of forest produce which will strengthen their livelihoods. Tejaswini team visited Laghu Vanopaj Prasanskaran Evam Anusandhan Kendra Bhopal

ICARDA Exposure Visit

An exposure visit to Indian Council for Agriculture Research in Dry Area, Amlaha Sehore, was organized on January 11 and 12, 2017 to provide information to rural women about new techniques in agriculture, dry farming and use of farming tools. District programme managers from Tejaswini districts, one board member from each federation and one sanghmitra member each from the office staff took part in this exposure visit. Members from Chhatarpur, Tikamgarh and Panna districts visited ICARDA on January 11, 2017, while exposure visit for members from Mandla, Dindori and Balaghat was organized on January 12. ICARDA scientists Dr.Vivek Tomar and Dr. Reena Mehra explained how advanced farming is done at ICARDA using less water. He told about a species of cactus which is very rich in minerals. It is mixed in cattle feed, which improves animal’s health and production capacity. Cactus cultivation does not require much water. Research on improved varieties of pulses is being undertaken over a large area at ICARDA, which especially include varieties that need less water to grow. Scientists have tagged seeds of black gram, chickpea, tevdha, barley, masoor dal, tuar dal according to the time period of their growth and planted them in a sequence. Scientists told the women about improved farming techniques. They told them that the land should be tilled just before the sowing of crop, sowing should be done soon after the rains, crops should be changed, crops should be planted in beds to preserve moisture. ‘Poly House’ has been a constructed in ICARDA, where plants of different species of gram have been planted in pots. Federation members learnt a lot from the exposure visit. They saw and understood improved farming techniques and cleared their doubts by talking directly to the scientists. ICARDA Exposure Visit

Training on “Advanced Agriculture and Benefits”

For the purpose giving information about modern farming and its benefits to Tejaswini women, a training workshop was organized for them at Palash Hotel, Bhopal on January 11 and 12, 2017 by Madhya Pradesh Vitt Evam Vikas Nigam under Tejaswini Rural Women Empowerment Programme. On the first day, trainees of Mandla, Dindori and Balaghat participated in the workshop, while trainees of Panna, Chatarpur and Tikamgarh took part on the second day. District programme managers of Tejaswini districts, one board member from each federation and one sanghmitr each from federation’s office staff participated in the workshop. The programme was inaugurated by commissioner, Women Empowerment Mrs. Jaishri Kiyawat, Mrs. Seema Singh Thakur, programme director and subject experts by with the lighting of traditional lamp. Horticulture and Food Processing Department officer Shri Dinanath Ghote provided information about modern farming and new technology in horticulture. Dr. Laxman Punjaji Geete, retired senior scientist of Agriculture Engineering Institute gave information about the importance of machines in agriculture and women-friendly machines. Dr. V.S. Gautam, scientist, Indian council for Agricultural Research Dry Areas (ICARDA) gave information about farming in dry areas/ with limited amount of water. Dr. Ashutosh Pandey, assistant director of the Agriculture Department spoke about the importance of weather in agriculture and agriculture insurance. Joint director of Agriculture Department Shri Sunil Dubey spoke at length about the government schemes in the field of agriculture. NABARD assistant general manager Dr. Milind Bhirude gave information about the agriculture credit schemes. On the first day a total of 110 trainees and on the second day 80 trainees were present including district and state unit. Training on “Advanced Agriculture and Benefits”

One day training on “E-Laxmi” cashless transaction for Federation officials and staff members

A one day training programme held on 10th January 2017, under the “E-Laxmi” cashless transaction programme at Jawahar Baal Bhawan, Bhopal. 120 participant attend the training programme from six Tejaswini districts Panna, Chatarpur, Balaghat, Dindori, Mandla and Tikamgarh. One federation official from all 60 federations and one staff member attended the training programme. The participants were briefed about the various cashless banking process like ATM card, Debit card, E-wallet, Net banking, Mobile banking etc. Information given about the precautions to be taken while online transaction. Participants use the mobile banking without internet in the training and inquired about their difficulties. Tejaswini consultant shri Tarun Bamba provided training to the participants. One day training on “E-Laxmi” cashless transaction for Federation officials and staff members

One day workshop on “Agriculture for Nutrition and Nutrition Literacy”

A one day workshop on “Agriculture for Nutrition and Nutrition Literacy” held at Samanvay Bhawan, Bhopal on 9th January 2017. It is organised by Tejaswini Rural Women Empowerment Programme (IFAD), Mahila Vitt Evam Vikas Nigam and Madhya Pradesh Women and Child Development Department. Technical support is given by Madhya Pradesh Agriculture Department, Indian Council of Agriculture Research, ATARI Zone 7 Jabalpur and Deen Dayal Shodh Sansthan, Delhi. Workshop started with lightning the lamp by Honourable minister Smt. Archana Chitnis, ministry of Women and Child Development Department, honourable minister Shri Gaurishankar Bisen, Agriculture Minister and honourable minister Shri Surya Prakash Meena, ministry of Horticulture departmentr. Commissioner Women Empowerment Smt. Jaishri Kiyawat and commissioner Integrated Child Development services Smt Pushplata Singh were also present in the workshop. More than 200 farmers, coming from 51 districts of M.P. including Tejaswini rural women empowerment programme, District Programme Officials, Women and Child Development Department, District Women Empowerment Officer and District Programme Manager of Tejaswini programme attend the workshop. Subject experts addressed and guide the participants about agriculture, horticulture, nutrition, food habits, health issues and the link between all these topics. Director agriculture, Shri M.L.Meena said that there are many reasons behind the problem of malnutrition. We need to make a proper strategy to fight with this problem. Principal scientist Dr. Deepika Agrahar from CIAE told about nutritious food, she said everybody should eat one fruit everyday. Dr. Nachiketa Potliwale talks about the necessity of food security. He explain about the importance of post harvest management and processing, safety of products and agriculture processing equipments. Dr Rajlakshmi Tripathi from Govt. M H College of Home Science and Science for Women Jabalpur talked about Malnutrition menace. She said that the dilemma of malnutrition is not only medical but requires political and social help as well. Dr. Birbal Sahu coming from Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kanker explain the simple solution, he said that every house should have a kitchen garden, where all the seasonal green vegetables and fruits will be available for the family members. One day workshop on “Agriculture for Nutrition and Nutrition Literacy”

Meeting of Tejaswini Rural Women Empowerment Programme and Central Agriculture Engineering Institute Organized

A meeting of the Tejaswini Rural Women Empowerment and Central Agriculture Engineering Institute, Navibagh, Bhopal’s managing director, scientists and officials was organized on September 27, 2016 with a view to reduce drudgery in the farming work of the women of federations constituted under Tejaswini programme. Among those present in the meeting included managing director, Women Finance and Development Corporation and Commissioner, Directorate of Women Empowerment Smt. Jaishri Kiyawat, deputy director programme Shri M.K Chaturvedi, general manager Shri A S Bhal, manager communication Smt Seema Raghuvanshi, manager livelihood Shri Rajesh Patil, Central Agriculture Engineering Institute managing director Shri K.K Singh, scientist Dr. Geeta, Dr. Nachiket Kotwaliwale, Dr. Tiwari, Dr. K.P Singh, Dr. Balaji, Dr. Mahapatra and other officials. The meeting discussed the strategy to make the female farmers of the Tejaswini programme aware about advance machines and techniques developed for farming works. Managing director, Women Finance and Development Corporation and Commissioner, Directorate of Women Empowerment Smt. Jaishri Kiyawat had a look at the women-friendly agriculture equipment developed by the institute. The meeting considered the possibility to use the machines prepared for kodo-kutki minor millet by Central Agriculture Engineering Institute for kodo-kutki processing unit at Mehadvani development block of Dindori district. Both the departments agreed that a team of scientists of Central Agriculture Engineering Institute would visit the Kodo-Kutki processing plant in Dindori, Mandla and train the farmers there. Meeting of Tejaswini Rural Women Empowerment Programme and Central Agriculture Engineering Institute Organized

Expansion of Tejaswini Rural Women Empowerment Programme

The Tejaswini Rural Women Empowerment Programme, operated in collaboration with the State Government and IFAD is going to expand. After the success of current programme running in six districts, it will apply to the all 51 districts of Madhya Pradesh. In the second phase, at those districts where the National Rural Livelihood Mission is not working as - Khargone, Khandwa, Burhanpur, Neemuch, Mandsaur, Ratlam, Indore and Ujjain, these districts have been designed to offer a project of 632 million amount. Expansion of Tejaswini Rural Women Empowerment Programme

IFAD Followup Mission State Visit

IFAD followup Mission visited Madhya Pradesh to review the progress of Tejaswini Rural Women Empowerment Pogramme from 29 aug. to 02 sept. 2016. The team includes Country Diretor from Rome Ms. Rasha Omar, Country Coordinator from India MS. Meera Mishra and finance Manager Shri Pratul Dubey. On 29th aug. 2016, The IFAD team took a meeting of Tejaswini District Programme Manager at Mahila Vitt Evam Vikas Nigam, Bhopal. During the meeting, Managing Director of Mahila Vitt Evam Vikas Nigam Smt. Jaishri Kiyawat started the video conferencing and talked to Balaghat federation women. Deputy Programme Director Shri .M.K.Chaturwedi presents the progress report and detailed discussed about Bank Linkages. On 31st aug. 2016 the IFAD team visited Dindori district and saw the Kodo-Kutki Processing Unit, also they visited Mandla district to see the vegetable cultivation. On 1st sept. 2016, a workshop of all 60 federation officials organized at Mocha, Mandla, where participants presents the progress report of the programme. IFAD Followup Mission State Visit

Training Of Federation Members, VLC and CRP organized In Tejaswini Districts

CRP training was organized for Federation executive members and VLC members in all six districts of Tejaswini. Training for federation board members was organized in each district on the subject of role and responsibility of federation executive members. Subject experts told federation members about their role, work and responsibility. CRP training was organized in Tejaswini districts with participation and involvement of community resource person with the aim to address women’s problems and connecting them with livelihood activities. CRP rulebook, responsibility, role and other issues were discussed. VLC training was also organized at six Tejaswini districts. Information was provided about the participation of self-help groups in villages, social, economic and political empowerment of SHG members, besides execution of works related to development of village and community. Training Of Federation Members, VLC and CRP organized In Tejaswini Districts

Cluster Level Workshop On The Prevention of Seasonal Diseases

A training programme was organized in 2015-16 under Tejaswini programme for the prevention of and protection from seasonal diseases like diarrhea, pneumonia, malaria, dengue, swine flu, Chicken pox, small pox, jaundice etc in villages. The aim of the programme was to train 10 members of gender sub-committee of each federation as master trainer so that they could create awareness among people at the village level. A total of 100 master trainers have been trained in the first phase of training. Now these trained master trainers(10 members of gender sub-committee) are providing training to 10440 VLC members in six Tejaswini districts. Each four trained VLC member will provide training to and create awareness among self-help groups in villages. In this way about 187806 members of self-help groups in six districts will receive training. Trained women of self-help groups will make other women of the villages aware on subjects like protection from seasonal diseases, nutrition and cleanliness. Cluster Level Workshop On The Prevention of Seasonal Diseases

Workshop on The Training Modules of Shaurya Dal

Shaurya Dals have been constituted in all the 51 districts of Madhya Pradesh under Directorate of Women Empowerment to create awareness about violence against women. Under a pilot project, Shaurya Dals were constituted in six Tejaswini districts including Mandla, Dindori, Chhatarpur, Tikamgarh, Panna and Balaghat. Inspired by the success of the Shaurya Dals in these villages, the government decided to form Shaurya Dals in all districts of the state. By 2015-16, Shaurya Dals had been formed in all the 51 districts of Madhya Pradesh. Shaurya Dals have to keep in mind the special needs and problems of a place and work accordingly. Therefore members of the Shaurya Dals have to be trained in such a way so that they can take care of all the issues of their area. A one-day workshop was organized on 4 June, 2016 at Bhopal’s Palash Hotel in view of the need to formulate a training module for the Shaurya Dals formed all over the state. The workshop was attended, among others, by Principal Secretary, Women and Child Development Department Shri J N Kansotiya, Commissioner, Women Empowerment Smt. Jaishri Kiyawat, Vice Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi Chitrakoot Gramodaya Vishwavidyalaya Shri N C Gautam, Population Service International(PSI) Director MsTanushriSoni, Action Aid representative Ms Swati Kaithwas, district sports officer Shri Vikas Kiraykar, besides officials of Tejaswini and Directorate of Women Empowerment and all 46 members of Shaurya Dal. Subject experts expressed their views on the training module for Shaurya Dal, and the participants discussed everything in detail. Need to include measures to deal with the challenges at the ground level in the module was stressed at the workshop. Workshop on The Training Modules of Shaurya Dal

MAVIM EXPOSURE VISIT OF TEJASWINI GROUP

To understand the working of MAVIM, a study group from Madhya Pradesh went on a tour of Maharashtra from 30 April 2016 to 4 May 2016. The group included two managers from the state unit, six district programme managers and assistant district managers of Tejaswini districts. Mahila Arthik Vikas Mahamandal (MAVIM) has long been associated with self-help groups. In Mumbai, Khargone project coordinator Ms Kusum Shroff provided information about organizational details of MAVIM. She discussed the problems encountered in strengthening the federation and how to resolve them. Manager Ms Rupa Mistri gave information to the visiting group about the operation of the federation, business plan, reporting format etc. The Tejaswini group learnt about process of constitution of SHGs by MAVIM review of activities, convergence etc. MAVIM EXPOSURE VISIT OF TEJASWINI GROUP

Joint Review Mission IX Team visited the Tejaswini districts to evaluate the ground level progress of the project

The Joint Review Mission iX team is on visit of Tejaswini districts Mandla, Dindori, Balaghat, Panna, Tikamgarh and Chatarpur, during 23-27 April 2016. The team review the status of federations, meet SHG members, access progress in implementation of the livelihood programmes and identify good practices and success stories. Joint Review Mission IX Team visited the Tejaswini districts to evaluate the ground level progress of the project

Joint Review Mission IX is on visit of Madhya Pradesh from 21 April to 5 May 2016

The Joint Review Mission iX team is on visit of Madhya Pradesh, from 21 April to 5 May 2016, led by Mr. Shreekantha Shetty, IFAD Consultant for Livelihoods, Enterprise Development and M&E, Ms Girija Srinivasan IFAD Consultant for Grassroots Institutions and Micro-finance, Mr Pratul Dube IFAD Consultant for Financial Management & Audit and Ms Meera Mishra, Programme Management, Convergence and Gender specialist. On 22nd April, the team has taken a meeting headed by Managing Director of Mahila Vitt Evam Vikas Nigam Mrs. Jayshree Kiyavat at Bhopal. Deputy Project Director Mr M.K. Chaturvedi present the progress report of the project, where SPMU and DPMU were present. From 23 APRIL to 27 April, team is visited the Tejaswini districts Mandla, Dindori, Balaghat, Panna, Tikamgarh and Chatarpur. The three members team headed by Ms Girija Srinivasan visited Mandla, Dindori and Balaghat districts. Another team headed by Mr. Shreekantha Shetty visited Panna, Tikamgarh and Chatarpur districts. Teams review the field progress of programme. The mission will broadly assess overall project progress towards its development objectives and in particular on the action and the work plan progress agreed during previous mission. Joint Review Mission IX is on visit of Madhya Pradesh from 21 April to 5 May 2016

Gender and Nutrition Workshop held at Mandla district between 23-27 November 2015

"Gender and Nutrition Workshop", held from 23 – 27 of November 2015 at one of the project operating district Mandla (Mocha). hosted by the Tejaswini Madhya Pradesh Rural Women's Empowerment Programme and organized in close collaboration between the IFAD Country Office, Headquarters Gender and Nutrition Teams, and the Asia and the Pacific Division, provides tools, approaches and methodologies to ensure that gender- and nutrition-sensitivity is fostered across sub-regional, country and project levels. Gender focal persons and representatives of 15 projects from India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka shared their experiences and enriched the communication and learning curve. The workshop provided an introduction to IFAD approaches on social targeting, nutrition, gender equality and women’s empowerment. Participants acquired tools and methodologies useful for mainstreaming gender- and nutrition-sensitivity in IFAD supported projects. The workshop also fostered knowledge sharing, South-South exchanges and learning at sub-regional, country and project levels. The Tejaswini Programme has kindly agreed to host the workshop in the project field area and also combine the workshop with one day field visit to a nearby site where women’s groups are successfully implementing a subproject on minor millets. Gender and Nutrition Workshop held at Mandla district between 23-27 November 2015

Gender Workshop held at Mandla(Mocha) on 25-26 October 2015

A "Gender Workshop" was organize at Tejaswini project operating district Mandla (Mocha) on 25-26 October 2015. In this workshop, different topics like domestic violence, gender health, livelihood, sanitation, leadership have been discussed. At the end of workshop, all the participants took oath of cleanliness, prevent female feticide and eliminate gender discrimination. Gender Workshop held at Mandla(Mocha) on 25-26 October 2015

IFAD Country Programme Evaluation in India by Main Mission (CPE)- 16th October to 20th october

The Central Project Evaluation (CPE) of IFAD, The Main Mission visited between 16th October to 20th October 2015 to evaluate the progress of Tejaswini programme. Mission evaluated the livelihood activities, varies social works done by Village Level Committees, self help groups- inter-loaning and their savings, federation and Shaurya Dals at Dindori and Mandla districts. The CPE held a debriefing with Tejaswini state team. IFAD Country Programme Evaluation in India by Main Mission (CPE)- 16th October to 20th october