Self-drive from Sadness to Joy
Bharathi lives in David Colony, Pezzonipet, Krishna District with her children. Her husband died after the second child’s birth. He used to work in a barber shop. As a young widow her in-laws shunned her. Realizing that she had to make a living for herself and her two children, she started working as a domestic help in a few houses. She managed in this manner to send her children to the local Govt. school. After 11.00 AM every day, she would have a lot of leisure time that she wanted to use constructively but couldn’t think of good ideas. When Bharathi was on the lookout for a secondary occupation, she attended a meeting of the members of Swashakthi Mahila Sangham at the RCM Church. They explained about thrift policies and credit management. They said the loan amount is useful for initiation of new business, or for strengthening of existing business. “I immediately set-off on this mission and gathered 10 women in my colony and formed Varunya Self Help Group. I received Rs. 5000 as 1st term loan in the 7th month. I am good at Henna designs; so I started offering my services to women, making different designs using good quality henna.” Bharathi’s henna designs attracted college going youth, teens, and young married people in the colony. She became popular and was called for marriages, celebrations, and festival occasions to draw henna designs. Further, she puts up stalls at exhibitions and other fests Thus her household income has increased two-fold. She is able to repay her loan effectively in time. “I am happy with my earnings. I am able to utilise my time effectively. I am grateful for the assistance given by Swashakthi MACS (Mutually Aided Cooperative Societies) and I wish that it should help other women who are in distress,” says a beaming Bharathi.