“ This community has given me light. The villagers are my sons and the SHG is my home. ”

Shimoga: SMSSS: Indira tells of how her life has changed. “The dark days of constantly worrying about food and money are gone. I am now a member of Navachethana SHG, Anjanapura village Harogopaa gramapanchayat. Women’s Self Help Group has transformed her life. By working together, in forming a ‘Self Help Group’ (SHG), changing the way decisions are made and creating a secure, community-based economy. .. ...Read More

Gangamma earning her livelihood….

Shimoga: SMSSS: Gangamma w/o puttappa, residing at Nimbegondi Mathikote grama panchayat Shikaripura taluk Shimoga district. I was a daily wage earner and with difficulty maintaining my family along with my husband with small income. I have 3 children and to meet the basic need of the family it was very difficult. Five years back SMSSS animators visited our village and briefed us about the concept of self help group. (SHG) We formed a group consists of 15 members for the purpose of enabling members to obtain socio economic benefits out of mutual help and named as Shivashakthi SHG. Every month I was saving in the SHG and I obtained loan from SHG and bought a cow and gained income through selling of milk.. ...Read More

Rights Based Approach

Rights Based Approach

Shimoga: SMSSS: The SHG members of Navodaya federation of Shimoga took up the issue of irregularities prevailing in the fair price shops of Shimoga taluka.  The problem of misutilization of commodities was rampant. The fair price shops were not functioning as per the guidelines given in the Citizen’s Charter published by the Food and Civil Supplies Department. Women discussed this issue at length and decided to .. ...Read More

Women proved their self-confidence

Women proved their self-confidence

Shimoga: SMSSS: Kadadakatte village is 18 kilometres away from Honnali taluk.   This village consists   of 540 families. All are agriculture labourers. There are two main castes group in that village namely Yelava & Lingayath. Five years ago the organisation motivated the women to form four sanghas in that village. These sanghas  are very actively involved in community development work.  . ...Read More

SHG members opened new avenue

SHG members opened new avenue

Shimoga: SMSSS: Varkodu is 8 km away from Hosanagar taluk. 15 women from this village who are daily wagers formed a SHG. Eight months ago, one of the members namely Hemavathi lost her husband for a dreadful illness,  leaving the two little children orphans.  She was finding very difficult to manage household affairs and meet the ....Read More

Good Governance

Good Governance

Shimoga: SMSSS: The SHG members of Navodaya federation of Shimoga took up the issue of irregularities prevailing in the fair price shops of Shimoga taluka.  The problems were rampant and wide spread. The fair price shops were not functioning as per the guidelines given in the Citizen’s Charter published by the food and civil supplies .. ...Read More

Family Development Program

SMSSS Silver Jubilee Programs

Shimoga: SMSSS: Anitha Santhyag is from Jog Falls town of Shimoga District. She is a mother of three children. Her husband santhyag is a casual laborer and the only bread winner of the family.  The family lived in a small dilapidated house without any basic amenities.  They were unable to construct a new house. The support from SAFP not only helped them to ...Read More

Women in Micro-Enterprise

Women in Micro-Enterprise

Shimoga: SMSSS: Shobha is an active member of Mahime SHG of Shimoga. Her husband Vijay Kumar is a street vender and he is the only bread winner of the family. They live in a small rented house with their two children. They want to educate their children. But the meager income was not sufficient to meet the family and educational expenses. Shobha attended various training through her SHG namely EAP, EDP, Gender RTI, PDS etc. . ...Read More

Women Empowerment

Women Empowerment

Shimoga: SMSSSS: Harnahalli village is  28 kms away from Shimoga District. SMSSS has formed eight SHGs in this village which are brough together as one Mahasangha. As SMSSS is shifting its development approach from Needs based to Rights based, the women were given a number of trainings on importance of active ....Read More

Integrated Child Development Program

Integrated Child Development Program

Shimoga: SMSSS: V. Sunitha is much grateful to ICDP for all the help and benefits she could have to study, have training and build a career for her life. It was next to impossible for her parents to bring up the four children and give them proper education from the meager income earned by the father as mechanic working in a garage...Read More

Integrated Child Development Program

Integrated Child Development Program

Shimoga: SMSSS: John Paul is the only son among the three children of his parents.  His father is an ordinary day wage laborer, working as bar bender. It was really very difficult for the parents to support the education of three children.ICDP identified this needy child in 1997 when he was attending 5th grade at school and Caritas Prague accepted him for sponsorship in April 97.  The support and encouragement he received from his sponsor parents, he completed ...Read More

UNNATI – Scholarship for Higher Education

UNNATI – Scholarship for Higher Education

Shimoga: SMSSSS: Sujeetha Susanna D’Souza is hailing from a very poor family of Thirthahalli Taluk. She successfully completed her S.S.L.C. and P.U.C. with very good marks, thanks to the sponsors who supported her. Her only aim in life was to become a school teacher by pursuing Diploma in Education course. But she could not even dream about it as the fees very high and her family couldn’t afford it. She approached SMSSS for the support. Read More