Women's Self-Help Groups
Since the inception of our microcredit program, 340 mothers have received loans, invested various enterprises, and earned income! Some of our self-help women’s groups used loans for gardening; others preferred to buy a cow or goat; others made yoga mat bags and cleaning detergents.
Our women’s groups (sangam) are working well. Among them are: Merina (19 mothers), Kurinchi (12 mothers), Roja (14 mothers), Jasmine (13 mothers), Venpura (10 mothers), Sakthi (10 mothers), Annai Teresa (17 mothers) and Lotus (12 mothers). Several groups have completed repayment of their loans and Merina, Kurinchi, Roja, Jasmine and Venpura have received second loans. Sakthi, Annai Teresa and Lotus are awaiting second loans. There have been regular loan repayments from all these groups. The mothers have become conscious of their repayment responsibilities. This is a positive development for which FORGOTTEN CHILDREN takes great pride. Besides these groups, there are many more that await microcredit. We hope to help them with loans in the future.
(c) Francoise Remington, 2008