This story shows that the
women are being empowered in all respects, economically and socially
via Self Help Groups.
A Child Development Center, teaching and supporting health education,
is run by the Government in Barorah village. Health supplements, food
and vaccines are provided for children and pregnant women, but none
of the staff of this center were coming regularly, nor they were providing
all of the available facilities to the people.
Members of the SHG met the Block Officer of this programme and complained
about the staff. They also warned the Block Officer that if he did not
take any action they would meet the District Magistrate about this.
Now the Child Development Center is providing all the facilities to
the people. The SHG has ended the corruption prevailing in this Government
success story focuses on the fact that Self Help Groups are able to
support members in any type of distress.
Tetari Devi is a member of Varsha SHG, Tarauchi. She is very poor. Her
son was severely ill, so doctors referred her to Patna Medical College
& Hospital, in the capital of Bihar, but she did not have any money
for this treatment.
SHG members donated Rs.200 each and the group also provided Rs.2000
as a loan to Tetari Devi for the treatment of her son. Some members
and their husbands also went to the hospital with Tetari Devi for the
proper care of the patient. Her son’s life was saved and now her
son is largely cured.
This story shows that Self Help Groups are playing a prominent role
in alleviating the poverty of poor women and developing unity amongst
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