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Goatery Enterprise - A Lunching Pad for Income Generation: A Case Study of Tulsi Nari Sangh

What was the influence of the Self Help Group movement in Orissa?
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This paper discusses the achievements of Tulsi Nari Sangh of Khajuria village in Orissa, India, which had the following features:

  • Located in a remote area;
  • Founded with the support of KRIBHCO;
  • Initially formed to avail access to credit and saving;
  • Had three literate and all married members.

The group functioned in the following way:

  • Each member saved Rs.10 per month;
  • Defaulters paid a fine;
  • The rate of interest was five percent;
  • The President and the Secretary were responsible for the record keeping and documentation.

As per the paper, the group:

  • Assured a sustainable livelihood by:
    • Buying, multiplying and selling goats;
    • Using profits from the goatery business to develop dairy units;
    • Initiating agricultural diversification - green gram intercropping, potato farming and rice trading were some of the activities.
  • Generated more income by:
    • Obtaining a contract from the Block Office to construct the village road;
    • Starting a coconut plantation;
    • Developing and selling an indigenous vitamin medicine for pregnant women;
    • Renting out agricultural equipment bought with the aid of KRIBCHO.

In conclusion, the paper states that:

  • All income generating activities were possible because of the profits generated by the goatery business;
  • The average annual income of each member increased by Rs.4,500;
  • KRIBCHO contributed by providing grants, training, exposure visits and developing a focused orientation for the group.

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