Permanent platform for SHGs' products planned

Permanent platform for SHGs' products planned

A permanent platform for the sale of products made by self-help groups (SHGs) coming under Women and Child Development Department in Dakshina Kannada district ill be set up at Sthree Shakthi Bhavan at Bejai by month-end.

Speaking after inaugurating an exhibition of products made by SHGs’ members and beneficiaries of Udyogini scheme organised by the Karnataka Women Development Corporation and Women and Child Development Department here on Saturday, she said a permanent platform will provide  marketing facilities to the products.

“Marketing is not an easy task.  One has to struggle to get over initial hindrances achieve success. Self-help groups are becoming a successful model for empowering the disadvantaged groups. Women in Dakshina Kannada are now organised for reaping the benefits of mutual-aid groups,” she said.

There are 4,000 SHGs in Dakshina Kannada under the department. It is not sufficient if women are empowered socially and educationally. Women should become financially independent to achieve real meaning of empowerment of women, she added. The SHG members will be given training in marketing and value addition to the products, she added. 

Women and Child Development Department Deputy Director Sundar Poojary said Sthree Shakthi Bhavan was constructed at a cost of Rs 25 lakh. The department has proposed to extend the Bhavan at an estimated cost of Rs 69 lakh. The department has released Rs 22 lakh for the purpose, he added.

MLA Mohiuddin Bava called upon women SHG members to make use of the subsidy facilities from the government. “The women should expand their business and export garments manufactured by them.” Women SHGs, which are producing an array of products, were displayed at the exhibition.

Garments, varieties of home-made pickles, eatables, bags, incense sticks, cotton wicks, happala including that of beetroot, carrot, potato, palak, tomato, and others were on display. The exhibition will conclude on September 5.

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