The Savings Program was started six years ago with the intent of helping women in supporting their households and providing them with a venue to speak about the issues they face in raising their families and in the community. To encourage them not to spend their saved money all on one occasion or being forced to give it for some other cause, like feeding a husband’s alcohol addiction, the women are given their savings back at the end of one year through items other than cash.
Around 210 women including elderly women started saving Rs. 10 twice in a week for one year. The total money together was Rs. 581,890 for all 210 women. On average, women received Rs. 3650 from their savings and as an incentive to encourage the women Manav Sadhna distributed 1 kg of Ghee and 1kg jiggery . One can see the joy and happiness on their faces. This money will help us with these women in repaying their loans, organizing birthdays for their grandsons, buying gas and stoves, buying groceries, health items, etc. While asking them about the savings, the majority of the women said they cannot believe the power of saving.