Bhopal: Fifteen villages from twelve districts got freedom from poverty in Madhya Pradesh this Independence Day. This story involves hard work and dedication of 1,280 families that were elevated above the poverty line.

These families from different districts located in various villages took help from state governments’ rural livelihood schemes and formed Self Help Groups (SHG). Most of the families performed multiple livelihood activities to raise themselves above poverty level.

“Now not a single family in these 15 villages has a poor family. All the SHG members of these 15 villages are now earning more than Rs 10,000 per month. Those under poverty line worked hard, utilised government schemes and raised them above poverty line. They are now leading a dignified life,” said LM Belwal, CEO of Rural Livelihood Mission.

Appreciating the efforts put in by the village members, CEO said that they conducted their business so well that now they are getting loans from banks. Their records show 100% bank repayment of loans. Depending on the socio-agri-economic scenario of the areas, 880 SHG members raised their economic level by engaging in farm activities only. About 404 members elevated their status through non-farm activities while 696 members engaged in multiple activities to raise their income, said Belwal.

Families from Barwani district adopted additional activities besides agriculture including poultry and dairy farming. Most of the SHGs in Jhabua adopted for Kadaknath farming and hatchery besides carrying on with farming. Rasoi in Kolaras block of Shivpuri district remained confined to agriculture activities.

People engaged in multiple activities have engaged in cottage industry like incense stick making, making sanitary napkins, soap, phenyl and bangles. One engaged in agriculture have been trained in better practices such as using proper seeds, manure etc to increase the income besides engaging in poultry and animal husbandry.

  • Ghonsli village in Agar Malwa district
  • Beg and Limadibat villages from Alirajpur district
  • Semliya and Sangaon from Barwani district
  • Malgaon from Dhar district
  • Unnai from Jhabua district
  • Bhaisadaah from Mandla district
  • Amliahaat from Rajgarh district
  • Bisar from Rewa
  • Karuatal from Shahdol
  • Dubdi from Sheopur
  • Rasaoi and Hazikheda from Shivpuri
  • Beerpur from Vidisha district.

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