Tejaswini Maharashtra Rural Women Empowerment Program
Tejaswini Maharashtra Rural Women Empowerment Program.
The Tejaswini Maharashtra Rural Women Empowerment Program has been implemented with the assistance of the Government of Maharashtra and IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development). This program is aimed at providing stability and sustainability to the SHG movement in the state.
It is based on following four work components.
- Grassroots Institution Building
- Micro Finance Services
- Livelihood & Micro Enterprise Development
- Empowerment of Women (Social equity)
- Extending across 8 years, the program has been implemented in over 10495 villages, in 33 districts of Maharashtra.
- The SHGs comprise of a network of over ten lakh women.
- In order to sustain the SHG movement, the model of Community Managed Resource Centre. (CMRC) will be established. The grassroots-institution building will be constructed over three levels
- At the end of the program, 315 CMRCs (one CMRC for every 150-200 SHGs) will be operational.
- A Village Level Committee (VLC) of three or more SHGs will be formed.
- By the end of the program, the income of families involved will increase and income-generation resources will be owned
Community Managed Resource Center (CMRC)
The Community Managed Resource Center (CMRC) is a federation of around 150-200 SHGs, formed in a cluster of around twenty villages, within the radius of 20 to 25 km. All SHGs in the cluster, regardless of the agency that promoted them, will be eligible to become members and avail of the services of the CMRC. The CMRCs are registered organizations under the Societies Act 1860.
The CMRC operates with a comprehensive and holistic agenda for area development. The overall role of the CMRC is to provide the basic, primary services to SHGs, which includes – capacity-building training to members, bank linkages, gradation, and auditing of SHGs.
CMRCs also provide specialized services to SHGs such as assessing the livelihood needs of SHGs, tapping the required resources through various government schemes as well as enabling SHGs to access them, and taking up community development programmes.
MAVIM will support the CMRCs during the initial years of the project, gradually reducing involvement over time. Thus, the SHGs will
contribute to the running of the CMRC from the very beginning. CMRCs should strive to become self reliant from the fourth year of their establishment.