Minister for Rural Development, Shri Michael Lobo in the presence of MLA of Mayem, Shri Praveen Zantye, Director of Rural Development, Smt. Meena Goltekar and BDO of Bicholim, Shri. Shrikant Pednekar inaugurated the Masala Unit of SHG under the leadership of Smt. Sandhya Kurtarkar of Ona Maulingem, Kudchirem under GSRLM today.
Smt. Sandhya Kurtarkar from Ona Maulingem Kurchirem who has been successfully running Masala Pounding Machine and Grain Pounding Machine providing employment to ladies from Radhakrishna Self Help Group and comes under the Samarth Village Organization.
It may be informed that Goa State Rural Livelihoods Mission (GSRLM) aims to benefit rural poor households in the State of Goa, with the aim of empowering and improving the livelihoods of poor rural women thereby boosting the rural economy. It aims to make a multidimensional impact on the lives of Goan Rural households by mobilizing them, particularly women, into robust grassroots institutions of their own where, with the strength of the group behind them, they will not only be economically empowered, but also be able to exert voice and accountability over service providers of education, health, nutrition and finance.
GSRLM has been able to reach out to over 38,590/- households in the remotest geographical locations of the State and firmly establishes itself as an Institution for the rural poor and reducing barriers for women. Several success stories of women overcoming inertia, living in poverty, have been given the much-needed boost by GSRLM in its endeavor to promote sustainable livelihoods for the rural poor.
As on date, GSRLM is working with 2,979 SHGs covering 38,590/- number of households. During the implementation, GSRLM has assisted SHG members to create the livelihood in the rural community in farm and non-farm sectors. An amount of Rs.3.35 crores has been provided to different SHGs all over Goa as a Revolving fund and an amount of Rs.1.67 crores disbursed to different Village Organizations all over Goa as Community Investment Fund to start the livelihood.