Beena Paul, a trained mason and a part of the construction industry in Kerala and also the president of the Self Help Group [SHG] that undertakes construction work in the city of Ernakulam which includes renovating parking areas, construction of houses in the panchayat, and many other important construction activities, finds herself grateful to NRLM [National Rural Livelihood Mission] for providing her a platform which has helped her not only in terms of income but also in gaining confidence and in meeting more women like her. Just like her, Singampalli Durga from Andhra Pradesh works along with thirty-five women in the horticulture industry. Together, they were trained by the horticulture department and have grown a new variety of turmeric which is sold to the TATA Trust and the market, benefiting them financially as well as in becoming more confident. (more…)
By Bhuvaneswari Ramesh, Central University of Kerala.
Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana (MKSP) is a sub-component of the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) announced by the Government of India in 2011, aimed at improving the participation of women in agriculture and to help them achieve socio-economic development. (more…)