PUSHPA DEVI: Investing in Her Future as a Leader
Belonging to a lower caste, Pushpa DEVI has expressed that the changes in her life after joining her SHG have been innumerable, increasing her awareness and involvement when in come to health, education, livelihood opportunities, family investment plans, and even political participation. With her initial borrowed amount of Rs. 100 (about $1.50), she became involved in goat rearing for income generation. She later borrowed Rs. 8000 (about $120) for farming activities and was able to considerably increase her standard of living. This year, with the support of her SHG and her family, she ran for elections in her panchayat (local government). Much to the delight and happiness of her family and SHG, Pushpa won the post and has continued to be an inspiration today.