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MAHILA MARGADARSHI is a non-political, non-religious women's service organization established in the year 1998, initiated its work in Visakhapatnam and Srikakulam Districts with its major objective “ to provide issue based lobbying, advocacy and development services for urban and rural marginalized communities for their empowerment, sustainability and violence free life ”. Since its initiation, the organization has a network with other women NGOs in the state and concentrating on the rights of women. Through constant evaluation of its work along with the feed back of the community the organization has and is focusing on:

  • Stop Violence against Women and Domestic Violence,
  • Capacity Building of Elected Women Representatives in Panchayat Raj on gender based violence.
  • Working with single women for Reducing Risk
  • Reproductive and Child Health Activities
  • Enhancing resources at village level for prevention and control of HIV & AIDS
  • Preventing Girl Children and Women Trafficking.
  • Working with rural farmers for organic farming
  • Strengthening the Water User's Association for effective management of irrigation tanks.
  • Enhancing Leadership qualities in urban SHG women.
  • Pre-Election Voter Awareness Campaign in Urban and Rural elections.
  • Prevention Control and Rehabilitation of Child Labor.
  • The above activities doing through involving various stake holders like SHG women, Youth Groups, Village leaders, Government Officials, Students, farmers, children, adolescent girls etc., for reaching the goals.  We are providing a wider coverage of our activities at district level.  

Legal Status of the organization:

  • Registered under Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860
  • Registered under Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act 1976
  • Registered under Income Tax Act under sections 12 A and 80 G
     

Vision Statement: 

  • The scenario we envisage is one in which the marginalized and disempowered communities can gain access and control over their resources which are essential for their livelihood.
  • The major issues are to focus on access and control over the primary sources for their economic well being.
  • With this as a base, women's empowerment, sustainable development activities, including appropriate technological development, must take place at a pace in which local communities have a decisive say.

Mission statement:

  • To mobilize women in thinking process to understand the situation of their status, activating self to establish and interaction among themselves.
  • To build and manage appropriate and innovative local level institution rooted in values of justice, equity and mutual support, which can ensure the sustainable livelihoods of the marginalized communities.
  • To develop and facilitate activists with capacities to intervene in the problem situation in the context of a macro development perspective.
  • To facilitate empowerment of women for gender and social justice and their overall development.
  • To promote peoples organizations at the grass root level and networking amongst them.
  • To influence public policies in favor of the poor and to build supportive institutional links between official institutions and people's organizations.

Micro Finance (Taruni Mutually Aided Co-operative Society)

Objective of the society

To promote economic and social betterment of its members people through thrift, self-help and mutual aid in accordance with the principles of cooperation as enunciated in Section 3 of the ACT.

Approach

Mahila Margadarshi promoting a Taruni Mutual Aided Cooperative Society Ltd with urban slum dwellers for their enlistment, the society starts with 65 women from marginalized families members and permanent residents in srikakulam municipality

The society initiated in the month of April 2005 and registered under MACS Act at Registrar of Cooperative Societies, Srikakulam on 17 th June 2005

Every member has involved with a share capital and a regular monthly thrift amount Rs. 30/- to 50/-

It is capacitating the women members through providing skill development trainings for income generation, number of members involved in the trainings in tailoring, embroidery, Tie and Dye and jute bags making etc and set up their own income generating activity with small loans taking from the Taruni MACS

Activities

  • Encourage and afford all facilities for cultivating the habit of savings and thrift among its members.
  • Formulate and implement relief, benevolent, mutual aid and welfare schemes for the economic and social betterment of the members/people.
  • Offering financial and development counseling and implement necessary credit, non-credit and development projects / programmes for the overall welfare and development of the members and people.
  • Liaise with related agencies such as Government, regulatory authorities, financial institutions, banks, local, national and international development agencies, federal cooperatives, local bodies, corporate bodies, charitable institutions etc for obtaining any benefit or for promoting the interests of the members and the Cooperative Society, subject to the provisions of the related laws.
  • Lobby for more supportive legislation and Government policy and public support for augmenting the interest of the cooperative movement.
  • Promote the concept of thrift and credit as an integral component of community development programme and assist in promotion of viable, sustainable thrift and credit societies for interested and needy people and wherever possible.
  • Prepare websites and / or publish and distribute educational, training, management and development material like books, leaflets, pamphlets, paper ads and other reading material.
  • Prepare projects for overall development of the people especially for women development and approach to local, national and international organization for getting funds / grants to do the development activities.
  • Enter into arrangements with any Government, State, Municipal, Panchayat, local or any other authority and/or with any local, national and international development agencies and to obtain any benefit for the members of the society/for the people.
  • Subscribe or contribute or otherwise to assist or to guarantee money to charitable, educational, health, benevolent, scientific, cultural and public utility institutions or such objects and purposes having relation to the development and welfare of members and the society.
  • Collaborate with cooperative, financial and development organizations in financial and technical terms and promote subsidiary or new organizations.
  • Raise money from the members, people and donors through fees, subscriptions, donations, contributions, subsidies, grants, share capital, thrift and other types of deposits etc,
  • Organize or otherwise arrange for pension, insurance and health services to the members and provide development and other services to the people.
  • Hold necessary infrastructure and programmes to provide all required services for providing or enhancement of livelihood, employment, productivity, income and for improving the quality of life especially in health, shelter, education of members.
  • Make arrangements for capacity building training for members and people to identifying and salvation of local problems and given support to skill development and income generating trainings.
  • Receive grants, donations, deposits, borrowings and other contributions from the Government / Government agencies, banks, other financial institutions, cooperatives, corporate bodies, development agencies and individuals for general, as well as specific purposes.
  • Undertake any other activity which is incidental and essential for attainment of its aim.

Protection of Women from Violence

Out come of the project

The Organization filed 5 cases directly in the court and got judgments, many number of cases referred to the Protection Officer for filing the cases in the court

Organizing trainings and awareness campaigns to women for understanding the Act and organized legal literacy programmes with District Legal Services Authority and its magistrates in rural areas of Srikakulam district

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