About Tejaswini

IFAD assisted Tejaswini Rural Woman Empowerment Programme is being implemented by the M.P. Women Finance And Development corporation in the six districts of M.P, namely Balaghat, Dindori, Mandla, Panna, Chhatarpur and Tikamgarh, with the financial assistance of IFAD. The criteria for selecting these districts are mainly due to poverty, Gender imbalances and tribal dominance. The project started in the year 2007 and is to be completed during financial year 2018-19. Under the project, 206850 rural women through 16498 women SHGs were mobilized in six districts named above. It may be noted that the beneficiaries selected belong to poorest of the poor section of the society. This selection was done on the basis of household survey/wealth ranking survey conducted for the program. These groups, as well as the group members were provided with different empowerment inputs /trainings, namely group management and accounting, decision taking and prioritizing their needs, conflict management, gender sensitization, income enhancement inputs, legal awareness, health & hygiene and management of the group funds for improving the lives of the member women. The District Programme Management Unit (DPMU) was assisted by different NGOs to implement the project through mobilizers under the project. Resource NGOs also undertook the training needs for the project for stakeholder’s and devised suitable training modules. Initially, the hand holding was essential so that the groups become self dependent, but now that they have understood the concept, the groups and their members have become independent and therefore, the role of NGOs is over. 60 Federation of the Women Self-Help-Groups (SHGs) have been formed under MP Society Registration Act 1973. At present the focus is on livelihoods, micro-enterprises and marketing linkages.