Employment is a major problem but there are also ways to solve it provided there is willpower and perseverance. An example of this resolve are the women of Goth village in Morena district of Madhya Pradesh. They have started a campaign to become ‘self-reliant’ or ‘Aatmanirbhar’ by making brooms.
Now these women earn up to Rs 3,000 per month by making brooms. They first collected some money and then received help from the Madhya Pradesh State Rural Livelihood Mission. After this, the women started making brooms due to which their lives have completely changed.
Alpana Tomar, President of the ‘Maya Livelihood Self-Help Group’, Goth, said this group was formed in 2019 in collaboration with the State Rural Livelihood Mission.
The group collected Rs 10 each from all women every week and deposited a lump sum of Rs 10,200 in the bank. They then received Rs one lakh from the Livelihood Mission in the form of a revolving fund.
Apart from this, the self-help group also received another Rs 50,000 from a village organisation.
Alpana Tomar said the group generated a net income of Rs 1,50,000. They were imparted training in various trades, of which the ‘Maya Livelihood Self-Help Group’ selected the broom making industry for itself. All the women purchased raw material for making brooms from Indore. The brooms started selling from the local level to now being available in the markets at Rs 4 per broom.
Gradually, each woman started earning a monthly income of Rs 3,000. These women make the brooms after finishing their household work and use their earnings to help their families. This has led to the financial upliftment of the women as well as helped in improving their standard of living.