Dr. Shambhunath Singh Research Foundation - SRF

डॉ. शम्भुनाथ सिंह रिसर्च फाउण्डेशन - एस.आर.एफ.


Project Summary:

The Indian economy is growing at a steady rate of 8.5% to 9.5% in the last five years or so. Most of the growth is from industry and services sector. Agriculture sector is growing at a little over 2%. Limited access to affordable financial services such as savings, loan, remittance and insurance services by the vast majority of the rural population in the rural areas and unorganized sector is belived to be acting as a constraint to the growth impetus in these sectors. SRF is operational in 34 villages of Aurai blocks covering about 6,000 families and a population of above 50,000 people. The SRF project area is 48 km from the Varanasi. The project area is well known for its internationally popular carpet industry. The serious concerns of the area are problems related to laborers and their families. Occupational health and child labor is big challenge of the area on which the SRF is dealing with. The population of the District Bhadohi is about 1.3 million, with eight persons as an average size of the household. A significant percentage of scheduled caste population (22% of the district population) lives in the district. Only 58% of the total population is literate and 45% females are literate. The sex ratio is 917 females against 1000 males. The child population, between the age group 0-14 is 6,037, while the adult (female and male) population is 1420226. About 45% families live in semi-permanent and temporary houses. The coverage of Government health and education services is very poor and out of 1,097 villages only 229 have medical villages and 502 have govt. schools.  The major problems of the areas is food insecurity leading to malnutrition, lack of financial services and employment opportunity for the family particularly females to meet the basic needs of the children and less awareness among community members about the role of BDO, poor monitoring of the program.

Major Achievements:

  1. 25 newly married women and adolescent girls were trained on type of demand of gift materials and marketing skill. They also learned to make different types of handmade items. Women and girls were empowering themselves day by day by using their skills.
  1. By getting training on making of joot bags, 10 out of 22 of the SHGs of our project area were preparing such types of bags and sold it in the markets. By doing this they became self dependent and utilize their savings.
  2. 20 youth who got training on tufted and Persian Carpet Weaving started their own business of carpet and some started working in others company.
  3. Majority of the SHG members were started their kitchen garden by the methods learned in the training. Now, they are capable of eating fresh and nutritional rich diet in form of vegetables on their own. Sometimes, if the production is more they used to sell the vegetables in the market.
  4. Production of 6 quintal detergent was started in the previous year by one SHG and Marketing of it is continued in our 60 SHG members.