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Gram Bharati Samiti (GBS) means Society for Rural Development, has been working as a NGO for rural women's empowerment in Rajasthan for last 22 years. With this object we have been implementing many activities including raising awareness, providing with legal support, protecting their human rights, preventing domestic violence and other kinds of atrocities etc.

Our focus has mainly been on mobilizing these poor rural women to form Self Help Groups (SHGs) and motivating them to make small savings and depositing in the Bank accounts opened in the name of their groups and getting support from the banks as soft loans for their petty household needs. This way the poor women could be emancipated from exploitation of local money lenders.

During this period of 5 years 500 SHG have been formed involving over 5,000 rural women. The total saving of these SHG for last 3 years has reached INR 15 million (nearly $ 375,000) which is a record in the area. The campaign of forming SHGs is spreading extensively in the neighboring area and more and more women are joining the groups.

Many of these women are traditional entrepreneurs and have started producing beautiful handicraft articles after undergoing adequate training.

Now we are planning to organize trading for the 5,000 women entrepreneurs in order to enable them in becoming economically self reliant and upgrade their status in the family and society as well ultimately leading them towards a dignified life.

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Corine Milano's picture

Your organization sounds

Your organization sounds like it is doing some very important work! I'm so glad you found PulseWire and that you made this post introducing the community to your efforts. Do take a look around and let me know if I can be any help in assisting you. You can find my contact info on my profile.

Also, ResourceExChange may be a great place for you to get some help with furthering your goals. You may also be interested in posting in SharingSolutions with tips on how other groups can mobilize in the same way your organization has--it seems that you're making some great progress in the area of rural development!

And finally, welcome to the site! We're honored to have your voice among us.

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acdadesky's picture

Do you know about KIVA?

Dear Kusum,

Great to hear about your work? Do you sell products made by your group in the US? If not, I know of some importers who may be able to help you. You might Google EDI Imports, run by Liz Wald. The "Emancipation Network" also has a catalog dedicated to selling goods made by groups who are survivor's networks from trafficking, violence against women, etc. We have invited E.N. to become a member of PulseWire, and I'll see if they have signed on.

Lastly, www.Kiva.org is a site for loans to individual women. They work with local microcredit organizations in countries that they personally vet to assure they are good banks or lenders, that the credit terms are excellent, and they also can provide different support.

Finally, there is a site called GRAMEEN and Grameen Tech that includes How To's for people to learn more about the different programs for entrepreneurs and cooperatives seeking to get microcredit, or loans etc. Please do share this with others. Warm regards, Anne-christine d'Adesky, Director of Global Advocacy, PulseWire

Anne-christine d'Adesky
Director of Global Advocacy
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San Francisco, CA 94110

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Elizabeth's picture

Amazing People

It takes amazing people to create this much change for the good!

ila's picture

Dear Kusum -

It sounds like you are an amazing woman with many stories to tell. May I please ask you to go to my journal and make a comment on "Say my Name..."? I would like to know the story of your beautiful name. Thank you.

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