Dependence to Independence
DEPENDENCE TO INDEPENDENCE-SELF HELP GROUP(SGH)
CANDLE is one of the pioneers in the promotion of Self-Help Groups (SHG) SHG in Haryana, New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Chandigarh and Bihar States . A savings and credit SHG is a simple yet effective way of reaching out and connecting with rural poor women. Self-Help Group is an informal association of 10 to 20 poor women belonging to the same village and sharing a common socio-economic background. The group enables its members to gain their identity as individuals, while realizing and utilizing the immense power of mutual aid. It provides them with a platform from where they can access banks and public services, and spearhead changes that affect them as poor women. Self-Help Groups of rural poor women is CANDLE's key tool in fulfilling its mission and goals. The Self-Help Groups work for the women in a number of ways: they provide guidance; they give support and assistance to women; and they identify and promote home-based enterprises among its members. These home-based enterprises, called honeybee activities, involve a myriad of ventures. The SHG members take loans from the SHGs and set out to begin an enterprise of their own. As a result of CANDLE's intervention efforts, an increasing number of rural families, especially women are engaging in independent livelihood activities by involving themselves in production and marketing of Low Cost Sanitary Napkin, Pickle Production as well as Training in Bakery Production. These activities serve as opportunities for diversifying and enhancing their incomes. CANDLE gives particular attention to women because even as they comprise half of the country?s population, they remain the most disadvantaged sector among the poor. Yet it is the women who prove to be most effective in fostering change in their families and communities. With CANDLE's guidance and the members, own experiences, SHGs can potentially play four key roles through the different stages of evolution: mutual help, financial intermediation, livelihood planning, and social empowerment. Hosting Products and Services Innovation Center Support CANDLE has formed around 10 SELF HELP GROUPS during the year 2010-11, comprising 500 rural women members. CANDLE continued its project of Woman Menstrual and use of Low Cost of Sanitary Napkin. In this project CANDLE worked for woman and adolescent girl's health education immunization of the children, ANC for the pregnant women and post maternal care for the new born babies and their mothers.