SHG and Livelihood Activities

Empowering of Women through SHGs and Livelihood Activities

In order to empower the tea garden workers, especially women, a greater thrust was given on the formation and training of Self-Help Groups. The HLDRC coordinator for SHG Ms Nisheta Lakra (Tanti) increased the momentum by visiting every nook and corner of Terai region; as a result, the number of SHGs doubled from 22 in 2015 to 45 groups at the end of 2016. The new groups were formed in Darangaline, Rai Line, Deepa Line, Bomra Line, George Line of Kamala Bagan and Toonah and Moonee Divisions of Gungaram Tea Garden. Two seminars were exclusively organized for the SHGs wherein Gram Panchayat level personnel were invited to share the aims and objectives of SHGs so as to focus the activities undertaken and to take the SHGs on the right direction. Fr. Lalit, the director of the centre showed videos of SHGs from different states of India so as to inspire various groups to take up more enterprising activities.

For generating additional income some groups went for tried and tested chairs and tables. But some youth groups came up with tent making, pandal making and catering businesses which have been bringing much needed additional income for the tea garden groups.