January 20, 2011

Krishna Devi of Balsamand village in Hisar, who joined a self-help group in 2001 with a loan of just Rs 2,000 to open a grocery shop, today earns Rs 15,000 a month

*Chander Kala of Bewal village in Rewari received training in vermicompost in 2002 and within four years, her coffers were filled with Rs 6 lakh. She then started spreading awareness about organic farming, and engaged more women in her endeavour

*Munni Devi of Barap village, who was from a below poverty line family, started making envelope with an initial investment of Rs Rs 500, and then opened a utensils’ shop. Today, she has a four-wheeler and earned Rs 2 lakh last Diwali

*A woman in Kanina village in Mahendergarh took a loan of Rs 2,000 under the project a few years ago, and today earns Rs 25,000 a month from the beauty parlour she opened

Each member of about 2,000 self-help groups formed under the Haryana community forestry project, funded by the European Commission and the state government, can script a rags-to-riches story. Once poor and dependent on menfolk, these women today earn between Rs 5,000 and Rs 25,000 a month.

The forest department has got a trademark, ‘Hara Sona’, for all products made by the women, and incidentally the logo was also designed by them. Their products, whether it is Phulkari, artificial jewellery, sweet boxes, knitwear, crochet, pickles, candles or bangles, can be sold with the trademark seal.

Read More :-http://www.indianexpress.com/news/hara-sona-haryana-women-strike-gold-with-forestry-project/735438/

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