SEETA: Discovering Her Innate Potential As A Business Woman
It took Seeta 28 years to venture out into the world with enough confidence to make her own deposit at the local bank. Before joining a SHG, her life was confined to the four walls of her house in a large joint family living on subsistence agriculture. Winters were especially harsh, in which the children hardly had any clothes to keep warm.
However, once she learned of the SHG methods of simple saving and group support, Seeta was quick to start investing. She first bought a sewing machine, which helped her to educate her children and buy a buffalo for a steady income. She also seized opportunities at RGMVP training centres for gaining various new skills in candle making, terra cotta work and making hair oil and incense. She also helped her husband acquire a fishpond and start a transport business and later cultivated mustard and pulses.
Today, Seeta is a community resource person, trainer and a leader spreading the message of self-help. She is committed to making sure that there is no woman left out of SHGs. Among Seeta’s many achievements, her training as a Swasthya Sakhi (Health Activist) has been the most impactful. Not a single child in her village has died since she started spreading messages of the best practices. She’s grateful to have learned such valuable lessons at her young age.