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Canteen for rural women self-help group in Ghaziabad to make them self-reliant

The self-help group will serve snacks and other eatables at the district headquarters

noida Updated: Jul 14, 2017 22:09 IST
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Ghaziabad district magistrate Ministhy S inaugurates the canteen to be run by an all-women self-help group, on Friday.
Ghaziabad district magistrate Ministhy S inaugurates the canteen to be run by an all-women self-help group, on Friday.(HT PHOTO)

In an effort to make women in villages self reliant and financially stable, the Ghaziabad district magistrate (DM) on Friday allotted a canteen facility to a self help group (SHG) run by eleven members. The group has also been given a loan from a bank and will run the canteen facility at district headquarters.

The group of eleven women, headed by Sangeeta, is from Jawli village in Loni and will operate the facility at the premises where thousands of visitors arrive on a daily basis.

“The idea is to get self dependence. Earlier, we used to look upon the male members to get money for our needs. Now, we have started our own venture and hope to become financially self reliant. First, we will like to repay the bank loan and will later share profit among the group members,” Sangeeta said.

The group will serve snacks, lunch packs and other eatables. Officials have also decided to make a bigger SHG in form of a cluster and trying to rope in other SHGs from nearby areas.

“The bigger the group, the more stable it becomes. We have some women who prepare bakery items at Dasna. We have asked them to align with this group and their products like cakes and pastries can be sold here. In states like Kerala, the SHGs have become very stable and consists of thousands of women who have becomes financially independent,” district magistrate Ministhy S said.

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For past three months, the district officials are working to create more SHGs of women from rural areas. Nearly 22 groups have been formed and given work to stitch uniforms meant for students of government schools in Ghaziabad.

“Nowadays, we are generating nearly ₹15,000 per month from our group. We have also repaid our loan amount. Our customer base is also increasing. This will mean that our group members will have a decent income to sustain ourselves and our families,” said Vimal Pal, a woman from bakery product making SHG at Dasna.

Some of the SHGs have also been given work to prepare meals which are to be distributed to women post delivery at government hospitals.

“We are trying to rope in more woman who are specially-abled, widows and divorcees. This way, they can seek financial independence and will be able to support their families too. We will be backing the SHGs ourselves and also through NGOs and organisations to that their products can be marketed well in order to sustain them in long run,” the DM said.