Of late self-help groups (SHGs) have emerged as a vehicle of development and livelihood for poor resourceless communities. AES has formed several hundred SHGs through different projects (DPIP, NABARD, Tejaswini Project, SJSY, etc.) all over its operational area and linked them with banks for loans and cash and credit. But linkage with banks for loans and CCL has always been a problem area. This is being addressed now in a systematic manner.
Merely making finance to SHGs is not sufficient to enable the SHG members to start up meaningful income generation activities. In view of this, the organisation provides training to the SHGs on livelihood development and marketing techniques. The idea is to develop an understanding among SHG members about right selection of activities in accordance with resources available in their respective villages and markets.
The organisation is providing training to SHGs in trades such as flour mill, various businesses, dairy, cosmetics, goat rearing, funnel making, mushroom production, tent house, grain trading, basket making, vegetable trading, poultry, sewing, brick manufacturing, deepening of wells, incense stick making, clothes trading, shoes trading, shuttering, cycle repairing, oil mill, masonry, etc. These training are being provided as a part of SJGSY and Entrepreneurship Development Centre. After successful completion of the training, the SHG members are also provided, as far as possible, equipment to carry out their business.
For AES, SHGs are not just an instrument of savings, credit and income generation. In fact they are vehicle of rural development, participatory planning and actions and use of available resources for increasing standard of living of the poor.
With support from Madhya Pradesh Women Finance and Development Corporation, Bhopal, AES is running Tejaswini Rural Women Empowerment Programme in Lalbarra and Waraseoni blocks of Balaghat district. The programme ensures availability of microfinance services after the formation of SHGs and developing in them livelihood and entrepreneurship abilities. In addition, the organization is working in the field of SHG formation in Balaghat district also in association with M.P Mahila Vitta Avem Vikas Nigam, Bhopal. Organization is re-engaging and sensitizing NABARD funded 100 SHGs in Lalburra and 100 SHGs in Waraseoni block of Balaghat.
Training Programme under Tejaswini Rural Development Programme
Organization is conducting different training programme for SHG members, office bearers of SHGs, VLCs and federation of SHGs in Waraseoni and Lalburra block of Balaghat district in the association with M.P Mahila Vitta Avem Vikas Nigam, Bhopal.
National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme is an epoch-making scheme to provide 100 days’ employment to rural people. AES is creating awareness about the scheme through rallies, poster and pamphlet distribution, awareness campaigns, wall writing, rath yatra, etc. Meetings are regularly held with villagers to solve their NREGS related problems.
Of late AES is activating and supporting NREGS Village Monitoring Committees in collaboration with Mahatma Gandhi Rajya Gramin Vikas Sansthan (SIRD), Jabalpur.
Farmers’ Exposure Visits
With guidance from NABARD, AES organising exposure visits of farmers to other areas of the country to make them aware of the latest agriculture techniques, including organic farming, preparation of vermicompost, plantation and usefulness of medicinal plants, etc. It has also formed a farmers’ club in Mataha gram panchayat of Rampur Baghelan block in Satna district to provide them information on agricultural methods. The process of forming 11 farmers’ clubs in the same block is underway.
Formation of Farmer’s Club
Organization has formed 11 Krishak clubs in the Rampur Baghelan block of Satna district in association with NABARD, Bhopal.
The organisation is supporting through CBOs for running a computer training centre in Nazirabad since 2002 and providing training to local boys and girls to provide them with employment opportunities.
Establishment of Rural Mart
Organization is working on the concept of Rural mart in Ramvan of Satna district. It has established 2 rural mart namely Maa Durga Rural Mart and Maa Gauri Rural Mart in the association with NABARD, Bhopal.
Integrated Development Activities
Organization is working for Integrated Development of marginalized people especially SC/ST in 5 Panchayats including Marauha, Mataha, Richhahri, Gadha and Satri of Rampur Baghelan block of Satna district with the support of CASA, Bhopal.