“I want to create a safe, sufficient, drinking water system in my village.”
Bhagyashri Shivanand Javale of Kumbhari village of Solapur district undertook efforts to help women in her village and the neighboring ones set up business enterprises. As of today, she has helped hundreds of women from 7 villages.
Bhagyashri Shivanand Javale of Kumbhari village of Solapur district, inspired by the guidance of Swayam Shikshan Prayog began her work 15 years ago. In 2003 she set up the Siddheshwar Sakhi Self-Help Group. She began her efforts towards helping women in the Self-Help Group set up their own businesses. Taking her efforts into account she was chosen for training in Aurangabad. After 17 days of training at Aurangabad, she was selected to be on the Mahasangh at Swayam Shikshan Prayog and her work gained impetus. In the villages of Kardali, Tograli, Chincholi, Rampur, Vadgav, Dindoor among others she helped set up Self-Help Groups and inspired women to start their own businesses. So that women can begin their businesses she made proposals to the bank and followed up on available government schemes at offices in the taluka and district level. Because of her follow up on the scheme, loans became available to women who started agri-allied businesses. They started grocery stores, grain mills, clothes stores, Papad Machine, stationary stores among other businesses.
She did not stop at helping women start businesses, she helped their products get exposure to the market place. According to her if women’s businesses and products gain exposure to bigger markets their economic conditions will improve.
Further, working with Swayam Shikshan Prayog as a Urja Sakhi she helped propagate the use of solar power. She educated nearby villages on the use of solar energy and its benefit to the environment. Because of her efforts several families in the village have turned to the use of solar energy. So also, she raised public awareness around the use of water filters for clean water. Taking note of her work, Swayam Shikshan Prayog felicitated her with the Urja Sakhi award.
She also worked towards bringing women together under the WELI programme of Swayam Shikshan Prayog. She has brought nearly 45 women in touch with the WELI programme and has the target of 500 more. Alongside helping hundreds of women start their businesses, she also volunteered as an Anganwadi worker and raised awareness regarding the building of toilets in each home. Because of her efforts nearly 200 families have built toilets. She participated in the Gram Sabha and brought women’s issues to the fore. As an Anganwadi worker, Bhagrashri Javale has done excellent work for effective implementation of government schemes and raised public awareness about them. She has also raised public awareness about voting, the importance of voting for women and registering of new voters.
To solve the issues surrounding the use of water she made sure that the Gram Panchayat laid down three pipelines in the village. It greatly helped women in these three areas who would suffer earlier while fetching water.
Although hundreds of women have started their own businesses, they should also understand the laws of economics. For this Bhagyashri Javale began work as a Digital Sakhi. For this she underwent training in Pune. Use of ATMs, handling bank accounts, use of internet banking are some of the things she has given detailed information on. Through this, many woman have become adept in handling bank accounts and have taken lessons on economics.
By way of Swayam Shikshan Prayog
A woman who was unable to utter her name properly is now standing independently because of Swayam Shikshan Prayog. Through self and personal improvement, she paved the way for success. As of today, there are several Self-Help Groups that have been established and hundreds of women have set up their businesses. All this has been possible by the inspiration from Swayam Shikshan Prayog. Bhagyashri Javale mentions how her family, her village and women have altogether set out on the path to progress.