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Location : Maharashtra

Partner Since : 05-06-2012

Founder : Ms. Nileema Mishra


BNGVN is a non-political and non-religious organization working with poor rural society since 2000 under strong leadership of Magsaysay Award winner of 2011 Ms. Nileema Mishra. The work is spread over Dhule, Nandurbar, Jalgaon and Nasik districts of Maharashtra. All the programs of BNGVN are need-based. The major thrust of the organization is on building self-sustainable community by giving them opportunities to improve their financial status.

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Another women's empowerment initiative by BNGVN - Rang De's Impact Partner based in Bahadarpur village in Jalgaon Dist. (Maharashtra). In the villages and slums of nearby towns, many women tend to be home bound, not being able to engage in meaningful economic activity. The situation is worse for widows, single mothers and other oppressed by domestic violence and discrimination. For such women, the ability to start any small scale economic activity is constrained by lack of access to money and seed capital. Most are unwilling to take loans since they are usually concerned about the burden to repay - a fear that holds them back. In order to get them started with an economic activity, BNGVN came up with an business idea that (a) did not require a large investment of money, (b) did not require them to step out of their homes for long hours (c) something that did not require a lot of expertise to get started.

Evaluated By : Chaitanya

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Papad making is a traditional home based activity, primarily done by women of the house. For many, this is also a source of revenue with papads being sold in the open market and to restaurants. The advent of machines in papad making has dramatically reduced the time, effort and drudgery involved in the process and freed many women to take up other activities.

BNGVN in village Bahadarpur (Jalgaon Dist., Maharashtra) supported a group of enterprising women to form a JLG (Joint Liability Group) and set up a Papad Making unit in that village. This way a large number of women from Bahadarpur and adjoining villages of Shirsode and Mahalpur, as well as in other nearly towns and villages could be benefited. The machine was inaugurated on Jan 22nd and is fully operational since then. An average or 40-50 kilos of Papad are being made at this unit on a daily basis and this volume is expected to go up in the days to come.

Rang De helped raise a low cost loan of Rs.5 lakhs through its network of Social Investors in order to fund the acquisition of the machinery.

As the unit becomes fully utilized, the women running the facility are planning to setup a shop within the premises to sell the lentils and masala used in papad making. In addition to this, they will also be setting up a mini flour mill so that they can provide an end-to-end facility to these villages. Once this is setup, a woman only needs to bring some empty bags and enough money, and walk out a little later with ready to cook papads!

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Partnership Summary

Total No. of Loans 765
Total amount disbursed Rs.12,111,000
Expected repayment so far Rs.12,111,000
Amount repaid Rs.12,111,000
Amount delayed Rs.0
Amount defaulted Rs.0

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