SM & IB : Rani Laxmibai Village Organization

  • Date of formation – 23 June 2014
  • Total SHG in the village – 20
  • of SHG holding membership in the VO – 16
  • of SHG received CIF – 16
  • Startup fund received – Rs. 35000/-
  • CIF fund received – Ru.453100/-
  • Total cadre – 4 (ICRP, MCP, Pashusakhi, Matsysakhi)

Rani Laxmibai Gram Sangh (Village Organization) was formed on 23 June 2014 in Jeevangatta village of  Etapalli taluka of Gadchiroli district. Gadchiroli is one of the intensive districts covered under the state rural livelihood mission in Maharashtra.

Gadchiroli district is situated in the southeastern corner of Maharashtra, and is bounded by Chhattisgarh State to the East and Telangana State to the South and Southwest. It is one of the backward districts with dominant tribal population. It is second least populous district of Maharashtra. The eastern part of Gadchiroli is mainly hilly and forested. It is also naxal affected and currently part of the Red Corridor. Administratively, there are three divisions and 12 talukas. It’s population of 2,50,435 resides in 1675 villages divided in 472 grampanchayats.

MSRLM initiated work in Gadchiroli in  2013 in  an intensive mode in four talukas – Kurkheeda, Dhanora, Etapalli and Aheri. By July 2017 all the 12 talukas were under its fold.

Jeevangatta village is inhabited by population of 1650 in 300 households comprising of tribal, boudh and other backward class families. There are 20 women self help groups in the village, out of which 16 are members of the Rani Laxmibai Village Organization. Remaining four groups will also join the VO on completion of qualifying age of six months.

Initially there were 10 SHGs in Jeevangatta village. Most of them were not functional. After the Wardhani round in the village and adoption of ‘10 point of Dashasutri these SHGs were activated. Women realized the importance of collective work and took initiative to restart old SHG and establish new ones. This was to ensure that all women in the village are covered in SHGs. Subsequently, 20 SHGs were formed in the village. Currently, 16 SHGs out of the 20 are members of Rani Laxmibai VO.

Members of Rani Laxmibai VO are trained in operation of VO and different social and livelihood activities. They guide and support the SHGs in different livelihood activities.

Financial support received by VO through the Mission in form of Revolving Fund (RF), Community Investment Fund (CIF) is disbursed to member SHGs as per their demand. This amount along with the amount available through CIF rotation and bank linkage is invested by the members of the SHG in running sustainable livelihood activities. Over the years several successful micro enterprises have been established. They include – goat rearing, fishery, kirana (grocery) shop, tailoring, readymade cloth shop, pan center, backyard poultry, piggery, farming, lack cultivation, fertilizer sale, kerosene shop, fair price shop, ambadi pickle unit, nursery, etc.

Women are supplementing their family income with their enterprise activity and contribute to improve the quality of life of their family. With handholding support from the VO they have gained confidence and are planning to expand their income generating activities. Members of SHG, SHGs and VO have come close to each other and trust each other. Any financial need of the members is addressed by the VO on priority.

Financial Strength of members of Rani Laxmibai VO (All amounts in INR)

#

SHG

Estab. Date

RF Amt

CIF Amt

CIF Rotation

Bank Linkage Amt

Enterprise

1 Jai Maa 24.9.2012

15000

60000

Goat, Fish
2 Mahima 31.10.2012

15000

44100

25000

Goat, Grocery Shop
3 Jai Hanuman 8.9.2013

15000

27000

80000

Kirana Shop, Paddy
4 Sri Ganesh 9.3.2012

15000

45000

70000

Kirana shop, Chicken center, Broom
5 Savatribai 1.4.2013

15000

60000

25000

Chili powder selling
6 Ramabai 1.4.2013

15000

60000

50000

Cloth trading
7 Jeevan Jyoti 1.4.2013

15000

60000

Goat, Fish
8 Adavasi Laxmi 8.9.2013

25000

60000

110000

300000 Thrice

Kerosene, Kirana, Furniture shop
9 Sri Ram 23.2.2014

15000

50000

Goat, Kirana, Pan shop
10 Rani Durgavati 19.8.2014

15000

20000

Madka trading
11 Subhod 18.8.2014

15000

Poultry, Goat
12 Jai Chandankhedi 15.8.2014

15000

50000

Piggery, Goat
13 Jai Santoshi Mata 5.9.2014

15000

Poultry, Goat
14 Veerangana 15.5.2014

15000

20000

Poultry, Goat, Tailoring
15 Jai Santaji 8.9.2013

15000

55000

50000

15000

Goat, Fish
16 Birsamunda 16.5.2015

15000

30000

Cloth trading, Tailoring
17 Sri Saibaba 19.9.2016

Poultry
18 Mittra 1.4.2013

25000

Poultry, Goat
19 Pragati 19.8.2014

25000

Goat, Fish
20 Jai Sewa 16.8.2014

15000

42000

Goat,Poultry

* RF – Revolving Fund * CIF – Community Investment Fund

Collection of Moha flowers is done by all families in the village. These flowers are sold to traders at throw away price. SHGs decided to purchase these flowers from villagers and VO helped them to get competitive rates. Now there is no exploitation at the hands of traders. SHGs and VO are now assured of seasonal income. In summer 2017 total collection is 250 quintals and expected profit is Rs. 1,50,000/-.

Farming is the main occupation of Jeevangatta. Fertilizer is used in large quantity. VO decided to participate in the agriculture department scheme of ‘fertilizer on farm bund’. This has resulted in savings for the farmer and income for the VO.

VO took initiative and with cooperation from ATMA established ‘Janabandhu Farmer Producer Company (FPO)’. 160 shareholders contributed Rs. 2120/- to raise capital of Rs. 3,39,200/-. They have decided to establish rice mill at an expense of Rs. 13,00,000/-. Work of the shed has started and machinery ordered. Members have decided to raise another sum of Rs. 2,50,000/- which will be matched with grant of Rs. 20,00,000/- to enable the FPO to start operations in the next season starting Dec. 2017. This unit will ensure processing of paddy at locally and will immensely benefit the farmers in the surrounding villages. Active involvement of VO in this project from time to time is creditable.

In 2016 VO took contract of tree bunding from forest department. There was provision of wages in the work order. VO involved 350 members for two days in the work. Each member earned Rs. 640/-.

Almost each farmer has a pond in their farms. They are known as ‘bodi’ in this region. During monsoon, every year farmer purchases fish seeds from local traders to rear them in the bodi. They harvest the fish for own consumption and sell surplus to generate cash income. Through the member SHGs VO consolidated the requirement of total fish seeds in the village. They purchased good quality seeds at reasonable cost from village Pakhanjur in neighbouring state Chhattisgarh and distributed it at each bodi. This way the farmers saved substantially on the seed cost and VO gained good income. They have decided to continue this practice every monsoon.

For the Kharif season of 2017 Rani Laxmibai VO had purchased 400 bags of paddy seeds and provided it to farmers in the village at low cost. Expected savings from this activity is to the tune of Rs. 60,000/-.

Other activities carried out by Rani Laxmibai VO are –
a. Activated 10 old SHGs and established 10 new SHGs
b. Maximum women participation in Gramsabha
c. Women representative are members of village protection committees
d. Health check-up and treatment of all members in health camps
e. Monitoring of malnourished children with help from Aanganwadi staff
f. Monitoring of supplementary nutrition for adolescent girls
g. Preparation of Job Cards and demand of employment by involving Gramsewak
h. Information dissemination of agriculture schemes through extension staff
i. Organize camps for providing information and benefits of different government schemes viz. insurance, disability, pension, housing, etc.
j. Organize awareness camps and trainings with help of Police Department. Women are trained in tailoring, honey harvesting and have started self employment.
k. Organize village cleanliness drive on regular basis
l. Promote toilet construction in all households under Swaccha Bharat Abhiyan
m. Active role in achieving total alcohol prohibition in the village
n. Provide financial support to perform last rites

Police department has provided support for construction of office building of the VO and its work will be completed by Dec. 2017.

Members of VO are given responsibilities of different activities for a fixed duration. They take responsibility of another activity after expiry of their term. This ensures that all the members get equal opportunity and experience in development of the village. As the village is covered under PESA, members of VO ensure to take full benefits of schemes under it. VO plays an active role in planning of basic amenities in the village. All members are involved in employment and livelihood schemes of the Government.

In February 2015, Rani Laxmibai VO became member of Jijamata Prabagh Sangh (Cluster Level Federation – CLF) at Gurupalli in Etapalli Taluka. 10 VOs from 25 villages are members of the CLF. Rani Laxmibai VO is an active and hardworking VO comprising of women members with good leadership qualities. In a short span of three years they have done commendable work at group level, village level, cluster level and taluka level.