Suraaji Gaon Yojana has created various opportunities of economic empowerment for women
Women are producing Chhattisgarhi cuisine, puja items, mushrooms and various other items in Gauthans
Chhattisgarh Government’s Suraaji Gaon Yojana is creating a wide array of opportunities for economic empowerment in rural areas of the state. Members of Women Self-Help Groups in Vrindavan Gauthan of village Anjora, Rajnandgaon district have also turned their dream of economic empowerment and self-reliance through this scheme. Now, with the transformation of Vrindavan Gauthan into a rural industrial park spread over 26 acres of land, the efforts of women self-help groups have further gained momentum. A livelihood work shed has been constructed for women there. Efforts like these have made the women of the village financially independent. They are now confidently supporting their families from the profits earned from production of chhattisgarhi dishes, puja items, mushrooms etc.
With the help of district administration, this women self-help group has signed a contract with Ganesh Gulal Private Limited and has started manufacturing Gulal, Chandan, Kumkum, Agarbatti on a large scale. Here at Vrindavan Rural Industrial Park, women of the group are making Chhattisgarhi dishes such as Cheela, Bhajiya, Fara, Bada, Mungoda on order. Kitchen here has been adorned with artifacts reflecting Chhattisgarhi culture. They serve Kulhad tea and cold water from an earthen thermos to the visitors. They do manufacturing and packaging of Gopichandan and incense sticks for puja.
Lokeshwari Nirmalkar, a member of the group, told that working at the Gauthan turned Rural Industrial Park here has significantly improved the financial condition of her family. Now they don't have to wander for work. Gauthans have helped many women to create their own identity. Many of these women have stepped outside their home to work for the first time. Being financially self-dependent has boosted confidence of these women. Members of the self help group thanked Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel for Suraaji Gaon Yojana, Gauthans, Rural Industrial Parks and the plethora of benefits they have received from the implementation of this scheme. Megha Yadav said that working here has raised their standard of living, she has started depositing money in her bank account. Mrs. Shanti Sahu told that with her earnings from the Gauthan, she has managed to organize the wedding of her younger son and she could also take care of her household expenses.
At Vrindavan Gauthan, self help groups are conducting various economic activities including, papaya cultivation, fish farming and duck rearing, and nearly 55 quintals of vermi compost has been produced from the cow dung procured. Fruit trees of mango, guava, lemon, coconut, jackfruit, munga, cashew have also been planted on 10 and a half acres of land near Gauthan.