- · Organised meeting with Sarpanch to form Women’s Self-Help Groups (SHGs)
- · Organised meetings with one SHG to provide information on government schemes
- · Organised one meeting with villagers of Zari to provide information on livelihood options
- Conducted three nature education programs at Zari, Pingali and Bhingara - 58 students attended
Anirudh explained to the gathering that since a ban was passed on the use of plastic bags in Maharashtra state, paper bags are in demand in the market, and the making and selling of paper bags will help the SHG members earn well. Anirudh explained that these types of micro-enterprises need relatively little financial input while the profits are good.
On 2 March, Anirudh and Mr. Surtaney met with six women and explained the concept and benefits of SHG formation.
On 4 March, Anirudh met with Mr. Bharasale, president of Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Jan Van committee of Pingali village, to discuss the organising of a program to train women in sewing and tailoring. Anirudh explained to Mr. Bharasale that thanks to this training, women from the village will be able to earn a steady income throughout the year. As many of these women are daily wage farm labourers, they fail to get employment during the summer season. Sewing and tailoring work can be done from their homes with little investment.
On 5 March, Mr. Bharasale introduced Anirudh to four women from the village who showed interest in the program.
We organised a similar program for students of Zilla Parishad Upper Primary school in Bhingara village on 23 March.