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Women's Cooperative diversifies farming activities in Orissa

Apr 09, 2013

National Cooperative Union of India (NCUI) has encouraged and empowered women to start managing a cooperative on their own, and has also started to address the issues that the poor farmers in the village were facing.

The intensive training support of the National Cooperative Union of India (NCUI) project staff, not only mobilised the community members in to the cooperative movement, but also intensively trained the members who could barely read write to maintain accounts and documents of the society without any glitch.

Also, not just stopping with land cultivation, the women members, utilised the trainings conducted by different organisations such as the NCUI, NABARD and others, and diversified their agricultural activities by cultivating mushrooms, vegetables and also marketing processed food items directly in the market.

The activities of the society have also helped many individual women members to gain their status economically and socially. The women now have become the pride of the village. Since the women members are able to generate income in the family, they are treated with due respect, engaging them in all decision making processes of the family, which was not the case before.

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