Breaking the gender discrimination and inequality in a patriarchal society with the pluralistic culture needs holistic approach for the gender empowerment. Our programs inculcate the gender empowerment extensively to enhance the capabilities and skills of the women. Our organization empower them to access the benefits from flagship government schemes related to entitlements of livelihood, food security, WASH, and reproductive health care. Moreover, Women mostly rely on the informal sector and get caught in the indefinite cycle of loan and debt of loan sharks at the village level. Financial inclusion through trainings and linkages with NRLM helped them to break the cycle of exclusion. Women are also developed as micro-entrepreneur through capacity buildings, trainings, and assets supports. The establishment Village Development Committee in every village and ensure the women’s participation and active engagement with PRI and village, block, and district level government departments gives them sense of self-worth and enhance the ability to take decision at household and community level. The promotion of education among the girl child is key to gender empowerment and scholarship assistance to the underprivileged families helps to continue the education for girl child. BJUP also take several initiatives for the preventive measures for the reproductive health of women and adolescent girls.
Some Major Achievements of BJUP are:
- More than 1500 women are linked to NRLM (Jeevika).
- More than 1000 women has been provided with Financial Literacy Training.
- More than 1000 women has been trained with entrepreneurial skills.
- Nearly 100 women has been provided with assets support for micro-enterprises.
- More than 5000 women has been linked with different social entitlements.
- More than 5000 women and adolescent girls has been provided counseling for reproductive health.
- More than 1000 women has been aided with targeted intervention for AIDS patients.
- Nearly 200 girl students have been provided for the scholarship assistance.
Join Hands to Hold Hands
Charkapatthar is a revenue village in Sono block. Most of the members in the community are dependent on the Mica picking and daily wage labor. Usually, man goes for the daily wage either in the nearby block or out of the state. Women are left behind with the limited resources for their survival. They take loans when there is shortage of rations at the home from the local loan sharks who charge higher interest rate of 5% to 10% per month. This makes their situation pathetic and put them on the whim of the loan sharks. They often get physically and socially abused for the payment of interest on time.
A group of women participated in financial literacy session conducted by our organization at Charkapatthar village. They learnt about the importance and usage of self-help group (SHG) and banking’s saving and credit system. Among them, some women wanted to join SHGs of Jeevika but due to lack of proper coordination with the government authority, they are not able to create or join the SHGs. However, they are so motivated and capable after the training session that they formed their own group of 30 women for credit and debit facility. They elected a chairman among themselves and decided to save Rs, 110 per month in the group which will be deposited in the bank later. This group decided to provide loan to the members at the interest rate of 1% in the extreme needs. They started to maintain their ledger books. This strategy of credit and banking system is helping the members to break the cycle of debt and loan due to high interest rate by debt sharks.
Empowering women to educate girls
Lalita Hembrom, from Chikakhand village aged 14 years is a very smart and intelligent girl. She is single child in her family and quite mature than her age. She wants to study and play like other children in the village. She was in 6th class and performing very good in her class when her father died due to prolonged illness which forced her to leave her education in 2020. This strike on family leads to question of existence. However, her mother, Dena Murmu put herself strong and started to work as mi
ca picking for the livelihood of the children.
Lalita started to participate in Balmanch, where she started to show her enthusiasm for education and other co-curricular activities. Our team intervene to the mother as soon as we learn about the dropout from her education. Our education trainer started to counsel the mother about the benefits of the education to her child. She said that she had not enough money to buy books and stationery for her child. We started to link her with the government schemes such as E-shram card and NRLM (Jeevika) which can ensure the economic upliftment of the mother. Moreover, we provided scholarship support to the child of Rs, 1000 per month for the next six month. She purchased books and stationery for her education. This results in the reenrollment of Lalita in the school. She started her education in the school. She is planning to attend tuition with the scholarship to cover up the thing which she left out due to dropout. She is one of the happy faces in the village and motivation for others to attend the school regularly.
Skill Development Training Glimpse
Assets Building Support to Entrepreneurship Development
Under the Community Empowerment Project, training was provided by the institution to adolescent girls and women who were interested in further employment in tailoring. The monthly income of the family of Neelam is about 7000 to 8000 rupees, due to which the family’s maintenance can hardly go. Arable land is also not much, so family ration must be bought from shops, in which 40% of their income is spent. Kedar Rajvanshi has 2 boys and 4 girls, Neelam is one of them.
In the monthly meeting to be held at the village level, the name of Neelam Kumari was proposed by the committee members. Neelam Kumari’s name was given to the institution by the Village Committee when the willing people were selected for employment, according to the Village Committee, Kedar Rajvanshi needed financial support. Kedar Rajwanshi’s girl Neelam Kumari had received training in a sewing training center run by the institution but lacking money she could not start her employment. The institute personnel told the village committee that the organization would help Neelam to start employment but would not do any money transaction. Then Gram Samiti and Neelam demanded sewing machine to start employment, the personnel of the institution accepted the demand of Neelam and Gram Samiti.
After personal interview, the details of the interview were presented by the institution to the village committee, in which the committee agreed to provide employment support to Neelam Kumari by institution. The committee also acknowledged the help of Neelam Kumari in her employment at the village level. Subsequently, the organization provided a sewing machine to Neelma Kumari as an aid.
Neelam has started employment from her home, Neelam and her family are very happy. She knows to make Blawos, petticoat, frock, dhoti, rajasthani blaws & paijama. In times to come, Neelam wants to establish herself as an inspiration to others and set up a tailoring training center for other village girls.
Training and awareness sessions.