So far over 151 self help groups (SHGs) have been formed in Jhansi, Lalitpur and Tikamgarh districts. Altogether 1,698 women are associated with the groups, whose cumulative savings stand at Rs 40 lakh. Out of these savings, the groups have started small income generation activities.
The SHGs are being formed under two different projects: One funded by NABARD and the other funded by Swayam Siddha Project.
SHGs formed under Swayam Siddha Project have been organised into 10 clusters. These clusters are being organised into an overarching federation. Registration process of the federation is underway so it may become self-reliant and get an identity of its own. A number of training have been held with support from District Industries Centre and other subject specialists.
The area suffers from perennial drought and lacks means of irrigation. Training and workshops are organised for marginal and small farmers to equip them undertake agro-forestry and dryland farming.
Awareness drives have been launched in the area for management and conservation of natural resources. Motivated farmers have taken up bunding work on almost 50 acres of land. This has led to increase in grains yield.