Mysore Jan 02: Vanavasi Kalyana Karnataka (VKK) seems to be bringing back smiles on the faces of tribal women in remote hamlets of HD Kote and Periyapatna of Mysore district in Karnataka.


The organisation is imparting education to hundreds of forest-dwelling women and motivating them to take up various vocational activities.

The women who were earlier wasting money and time, are now determined to become self-reliant. They are saving `3,000 to `4,000 a month through Self Hel Groups.

Forty-year-old Chikkamani of Chammayanhalli in HD Kote says: “Earlier, we used to spend our hard-earned money on liquor and beedis. After becoming SHG members, we save `4,000 a month.”

Devamma of Ankanthapura hamlet says: “We are seeking loan from banks to improve the activities of SHGs. Now other women in the hamlet are coming forward to become members of SHGs.”

Vanavasi Kalyana is educating forest-dwellers on various aspects of modern life without giving up their roots. Forest-dwellers are also motivated to take up farming under Krushikendra. As many as 60 volunteers are rendering services in Mysore division.

(Inputs from Indian Express)

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