The inability of their menfolk to earn a decent living for the family has usually been the most important reason for the rural and urban women who are marginalised, to get involved in income generating activities and make both ends meet. But lack of education and competence for gainful employment, limits the scope for starting their own venture. The involvement of NGOs in generating self-employment has, however, led to more and more women taking up self-employment as a viable option. One such case is that of Sunita Mehto who along with her family, migrated many years back to Delhi
Sunita Mehto was approached by Shikhar’s executive. Initially she was provided with all the necessary details, after discovering the advantages she agreed to take a loan of Rs.7000 (Seven thousand rupees) and invested in her small Grocery shop. Slowly and steadily she repaid her loan and then borrowed for the second time from Shikhar Microfinance a credit of Rs.15000 (fifteen thousand rupee) her husband earlier used to work as an electrician under other shopkeepers. After taking the second loan he started his own electrical shop adjacent to his wife Sunita Mehto’s grocery shop. Now the present scenario is that have profit producing Grocery cum Electrical shop & a telephone booth.
She says that without the support offered from Shikhar Microfinance, the entire process of building her livelihood would not have succeeded in fulfilling her Dreams.