A gaggle of tribal girls in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada has taken up a path-breaking enterprise of working an eatery within the area notorious for Maoist violence to make sure a sustainable livelihood for his or her households.
The eatery named, ‘Manva Dhaba’ (My Dhaba), was began in May in Bade Karli village on Geedam-Bijapur Road as a part of livelihood technology actions carried out by the district administration at a gauthan (a shelter for cattle).
The district administration had supplied funds below the District Mineral Foundation (DMF) to arrange the eatery on 3,000 sq ft land subsequent to the gauthan, 6 km from Geedam city, an official mentioned.
The facility is managed by 10 girls from ‘Boss Bodin’ self-help Group (SHG) related to the gauthan, who have been as soon as confined to only family chores and farming actions, he mentioned.
“Earlier, my family depended only on agriculture activities for livelihood. Since I joined this SHG, my self-confidence has grown. Our group had been earning good money through the cow dung procurement scheme and now the dhaba is making a good profit,” mentioned Archana Kurram, one of many members of the group.
The eatery, providing each vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals, has turn into common amongst locals in a brief span of time, and on peak days, the sale reaches round Rs 20,000 per day, the district administration official mentioned.
The eatery has to date executed enterprise value Rs 8 lakh, and motivated by the success, the group now plans to start out tiffin companies quickly, he mentioned.
At current, every member of the group is incomes Rs 5,000 to Rs 6,000 per thirty days. This initiative has made girls self-reliant and helped them contribute to their households’ funds, the official mentioned.
Talking to PTI, Dantewada collector Vinit Nadanwar mentioned these tribal girls have come collectively by breaking stereotypes and have taken up roles that have been as soon as dominated by males.
The idea was launched as part of Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel’s imaginative and prescient to develop gauthans into multi-activity centres and generate livelihood incomes means for ladies SHGs related to it, he mentioned.
The initiative will not be solely serving to girls turn into self-reliant, however they’re additionally taking part in an essential position in enhancing the household economic system, he added.
In gauthans, aside from cow dung procurement, a number of income-generating actions akin to group vegetable gardening, vermicompost and tremendous compost manufacturing are being performed with the involvement of ladies SHGs, he mentioned.
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