The primary occupation in villages in rural Madhya Pradesh remains as agriculture and animal husbandry. The dominant agricultural produce of the State includes cotton, groundnuts (peanuts), dates and sugarcane. The climate conditions here remain harsh and often women, who work as laborers in these fields, spend their days on the field so they can earn for their families. Mostly, the households these women take care of consist of 5 members, and they sustain an average monthly income of $ 95. Apart from farming, women engage in sewing, tailoring, snack making, accessories business, etc.
The local village market or 'mandi' becomes their location to sell these products. Often, 4-5 villages come together to organize a huge market on a weekly basis. The menfolk work in the villages or migrate to the nearest towns for better income opportunities. The cities are far from the villages and often connectivity is poor. This makes it harder to ensure the families in Madhya Pradesh earn their daily income.
VAMA has been an organization working in Madhya Pradesh since 1988 which has programs implemented for empowering women from such communities in Madhya Pradesh. They are taking the initiative to support and strengthen the small enterprises, boost agriculture started by women in these small villages.
47 women seek a loan through VAMA to expand and strengthen their small individual enterprises or tailoring, grocery store and so on. Local partner Milaap will provide the loan.