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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Rural Livelihoods and Sustainable Living: Case-52: AN IDEAL VILLAGE ORGANISATION!

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The village organisation of Nomula Village of Nakrekal Mandal in Nalgonda district is an example of how systematic work contributes towards progress. The village organisation comprising 22 groups and 360 members was formed in March 2003. It has evolved into an ideal federation in the district.

Each member of the village organisation saves Rs.60 every month. They meet twice a month to discuss members’ loans, social issues of the village and their action plan. All the members attend the meetings regularly and punctually. Those who cannot attend inform the president beforehand. Those who come late
by five minutes have to pay a fine of Rs.50. Any further delay bars them from attending the meeting.

The meetings were used to advantage when they wanted to start a grain bank. They stipulated that each of the members who attended the meeting was to bring a handful of rice. The rice was provided to childless old people/destitute women or orphans. Each member followed the regulations strictly.

Before joining the group, the women lacked basic knowledge about society. There was no opportunity for them to come out of their homes and interact with others. It was surprising to see these women resolve issues of various kinds at meetings.

Another important intervention that the village organisation took was insurance. All the members were insured, and, having understood the concept of insurance some also insured their cattle.

This village suffers because of fluorine in the groundwater. To counter this problem the village organisation spent Rs.40, 000 to provide 800 water filters to the members.

Using money from the Community Investment Fund, the village organisation purchased red gram and castor worth Rs. 60,000. They traded this and made a profit of Rs.13, 600 which was distributed among the members of the village organisation.

All the members donated blood during the blood donation camp organised by Kamineni Hospital. To reciprocate, the Kamineni Hospital provided free treatment to the poor and very poor of the village.

To educate women about their rights and to know how to deal with domestic violence, the village organisation invited the Sub Inspector of police to interact with the members and educate them.

As a result of the various activities conducted by the village organisation to generate awareness among the women, there is better cooperation among them and a greater determination to resolve any issues that they may face, together.

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