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Success stories of rural women

Women of Maligora at Mosaboni block in East Singhbhum on Friday narrated how a decade back they used to manage only children at home but today were looked upon as business icons and rights crusaders in their village.

The grassroots achievers were sharing their success stories at the three-day 6th National Conference on Social Entrepreneurship that started in XLRI.

Over 150 delegates have come to take part in the meet, the theme for which is Rethinking Development: Strengthening the Grassroots.

For the rural homemakers, it was teaming up with NGO Seeds in 2000 that made all the difference.

“We formed a Mahila Sashakti Forum in 2000 through Seeds. Everybody in our village said that it was wastage of time and we better manage our houses,” said Parvati Singh, a member of the forum.

“But we were fed up of frequent quarrels among villagers after consuming liquor. So we started an anti-alcohol campaign and after 13 years, consumption has gone down considerably,” she said.

Besides raising their voice on social issues, the women also double up as successful entreprenuers.

A self-help group, formed under the forum, started vegetable farming in 2011 with a capital of Rs 10,000 and made a profit of Rs 50,000 in the first year itself.

“I grow vegetables like cabbage, bottle gourd and brinjal while other members take them to the markets for selling. My individual earning is around Rs 3 lakh yearly. I am happy to have contributed money towards making a pucca house for my family,” said Basanti Singh.