Inspiring story of Women Empowerment through DAY-NRLM

Port Blair, July 25: Ms Monika Kumari Xalxo an unemployed youth of Calicut village of South Andaman District after completion of her education was struggling to get a job.

When she heard about the Self Help Group being formed under the DAY-NRLM scheme of the Government of India and was impressed by various activities & training programs for the strengthening of DAY-NRLM SHG members, she joined Pragya SHG of her locality, under Sunrise Village Organization.

Being a member of the SHG, Monika received many skill development training under DAY-NRLM, and one such training was about “BAKERY & FOOD PROCESSING”, which was imparted during December 2020.  It turned to be a very constructive & beneficial for Ms Monika wherein she learnt about baking cakes, preparing Pizzas, Pickles etc.

Initially, Monika started preparing achars and other items on a very small scale. Slowly she started sharing these items with her friends & relatives. Gradually she got recognition & appreciation from everyone for her products.  For the last few months, she is taking orders for cakes, Pizzas, Pickles etc. & earning monthly income.

While sharing her experience, Ms Monika has revealed that “the training imparted by DAY NRLM not only helped me to earn livelihood, but it also gave me recognition in the society”. She expressed her deep gratitude towards the Department of Rural Department and A&N Administration for implementing schemes like DAY-NRLM at grass-root level. This is just one of the numerous beneficiaries of the scheme and the scheme is bound to benefit many more.

The Department of Rural Development focuses on the upliftment and empowerment of rural women by implementing Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana- National Rural Livelihood Mission (DAY-NRLM). With the implementation of this scheme, the Department is working for providing sufficient and requisite training to the SHG members to enable them to become self-employed and empower many more successful women from rural areas as robust SHG Institutions are hallmark for rural development.

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