Socio-economic growth of the communities in the villages will bring national growth & prosperity. The Bhoruka welfare trusts take up comprehensive (door to door) survey to find out economic condition, social status, health and education level & facilities available in the area. Based on the findings policies and programme are planned out. SHGs are formed as a first step to implement the programme. Series of activities are undertaken to strengthen & sustain the groups. These activities are,
  • Training in Savings
  • Entrepreneurship Development Programme
  • Skill trainings
  • Income Generation Programme
  • General capacity building training etc.

Presently, there are 200 SHGs of rural women & men with a total collection of 40 Lakh rupees. Skill training is imparted in agarbatti making, candle making, flower garland making, repairs & maintenance of household appliances, two wheelers & motor rewinding, electrical repairs, fitting & tailoring. Experts are invited to conduct EDP for all the groups. Awareness camps for capacity building are conducted wherein book keeping, leadership and personality development courses are conducted.

Bhoruka -SKDRDP Center for Rural excellence
In order to promote rural excellence a collaborative effort has been made with SKDRDP, which has been, sponsored by Padmabhushan Dr. Veerendra Heggade, who drives a mission to work with the poor and weaker sections, particularly women. Siri is one of the projects under this collaborative effort to empower women socially and economically by promoting their entrepreneurial skills. The center is located at Beltangady, Dakshina Kannada Dist. Under this scheme the women are given training in lucrative business areas like dairying, composting, sericulture and bee keeping etc. The project also promotes business ventures like manufacturing of chemical items, bakery products, resin bags, ready-made garments squashes, pappads, condiments, sweets, pickles etc.

About 1000 families are involved the process.

To save the poor rural masses from the clutches of the moneylenders and help achieve economic self-sufficiency, the Bhoruka has introduced micro credit system wherein each eligible group is given a credit of Rs. 25,000/- to start income generation activities.

It is found that about 60% of the groups have utilized the money for improving their agriculture and milk production. Some groups have invested in petty shops, floor mills, chili and turmeric pounding machines etc. They are also allowed to use the credit for health, social and educational purpose.

Newsletter - March 2007