“Before the Self Help Group, my husband was an auto-rickshaw driver and earned enough to support our family with basic things like food, but we were ashamed because we couldn’t afford our children’s education.
“I took a loan from my Self Help Group to start a poppadum business so we could save for our two eldest daughters’ high school fees. I’ll do anything to make sure my children achieve their dreams.”
My eldest daughter wants to be an engineer, and my second eldest wants to be a scientist. If I hadn’t joined the Self Help Group, there would be no bright future for our girls, they would have got married very young and not had the opportunity to study. Their education will enable a good life for them."
Self Help Groups focus on the empowerment of women, their families and communities so people can provide for themselves. Through collective savings, they are able to gain access to small loans which members can borrow to pay for children’s school fees, start businesses and afford healthcare. Farming and Enterprise also trains and connects groups, like Chadrewati's, to local and national institutions to advocate for their communities needs. Members are banding together to transform their communities in Ethiopia and India!
*Name changed to protect identity.