The village called Kadiyapattinam is a fisherman village and the people seemed to be poor. The women were depending upon the income earned by their husbands all the way through fishing. After the horrible Tsunami they lost their belongings and the burden of their family fell on the head of their women. They were struggling to feed their children.
Knowing the real situation our staffs entered into the villages, explained and the benefits of our programme. They all were very eager to know about us and programme. Thus 20 interested women joined as a group. This group was started on 23/08/2005. After being formed as a group they were very active and participated in the group meeting regularly. They started to save Rs. 100 per month and Rs. 10 as subscription.
Visiting this group regularly our staffs motivated them to have some IGP programme. Our evaluation team graded this group and found they were active, eager and the accounts maintenance was well done. The team recommended this group for loan. Analysing the local resources the members had discussion within themselves to start a handle making unit. For the time 8 members were given Rs. 48,000 per each Rs. 6000. With that initial amount they started a small handle making unit in a house. And for second time 6 members were given Rs. 90,000 per each Rs. 15, 000 as loan. This amount was also invested in the handle making unit. Now all the members involve themselves in preparing handles. If one kilogram handle is made they earn Rs. 30 and they expressed that these days they are able to earn Rs. 1000 per month and they are sure to earn more in the seasons. A member is able to make 5 kilograms per day that means a member can earn Rs. 150 per day. With this income the day today needs are fulfilled and amount is spent for their children school needs and medical. They too express their gratitude towards you and they will ever remain grateful to you.
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