Gift financial independence to a needy woman by Manav Vikas Seva Sangh

Gift financial independence to a needy woman


Sarala became a role model for women in her village!

Sarala is a widow who raised three children on her own. She worked as a labourer on the fields in her village but hardly earned any money.

She needed to work every day to even get enough money for three meals. As she was getting older, she began to find it more difficult to exert herself. They family's income was getting over and Sarala did not know how to keep them going.

When the NGO Manav Vikas visited her village, they understood Sarala's situation. They knew that providing her an easier way to earn money would help her support herself and her family. So they got her two insured goats and trained her in goat rearing.

After a small learning curve, Sarala began to understand the new occupation. Today, she sells goat milk and manure for a steady income of Rs. 3000 every month. She leads a peaceful life and has become a role model for those in her village.


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About The Program

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Program Description

There are over 100 widows who live in the areas in and around the town of Sagar, in conditions of extreme poverty. The organization helps such widows purchase livestock - a goat, cow or a buffalo. These animals provide a source income for the widowed woman.

A grant of Rs.5000 to Rs.10000 is given depending on the need of the widows and the livestock she wishes to purchase. The widow uses an equal share of her money in the purchases and also pays for the insurance of the livestock, which is close to 13% of the cost of purchase. In 2014-15 the program was extended to include needy women, who weren't widows as well.

The scope of the grant was also increased beyond buying livestock. Women could purchase items to set up a petty shop in their village as an income generation activity.

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About The NGO

Manav Vikas Seva Sangh
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Manav Vikas Seva Sangh

Manav Vikas Seva Sangh (MVSS) is the official development organization of Catholic Diocese of Sagar, Madhya Pradesh, India. As an agency, MVSS works for the establishment of a society that is based on truth, cooperation, justice, equality, love, and brotherhood.

While dedicating itself to the service of the humanity, MVSS took the resolution to offer its services to the poor regardless of their caste, ethnicity, creed, and religion. They have implemented 65 development projects in the last 24 years with the assistance of national and international development support organizations. Presently they are working on 13 projects of varying sizes which bring positive changes to the lives of 18200 households in 84 villages and 8 slums.

Apart from these, MVSS also works with 1030 prisoners, 2772 school teachers, and 507 doctors. MVSS has been ceaselessly and vigorously striving to provide a voice to the voiceless, power to the powerless, and resources to the deprived by steadfastly adhering to right-based approach.

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Founded in 1991
NGO Leadership

Fr Thomas Philip

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Income generating | women

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Location of Work
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Madhya Pradesh

Manav Vikas Seva Sangh has

provided financial help to 75 underprivileged women

Awards And Recognitions
Awards And Recognitions

2015: Spirit of Humanity

2015: Best Hub Coordinator

2015: CII National Food Safety Awards

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Periodic Compliance Checks by GiveIndia

Renewals FY 19-20

Program Updates

Program Updates

8 December, 2021

A helping hand is always better than the praying lips


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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

With your support, we were able to help 12 widows. These women are now able to run their families with all dignity and confidence. They are now not struggling anymore in labor work. Now, these 12 widows are not only running their families but are also looking after their children, simultaneously as they are running their small business from home itself. We are mainly working in five blocks of the Sagar district.It's not only 12 families who got a new life with the support given by Give India. It has given a ray of hope to many others and even it inspired many. These 12 widows were given the help of INR 5000 each with the help of which they have initiated their self-employment of Grocery shops, Tailoring shops, Goat farming. They all were very happy and started earning INR 3000- 5000 on monthly basis.

Challenges faced and next steps

Whenever we come to know about the needy, it's always important for us to do a thorough check of the situation of the needy. Once we are satisfied with that then it's also important for us to know that the monetary support which we will provide to the person, is capable or not. And we also have to do a timely visit to check. The sudden arrival of Covid-19 really took a toll on people's life. The team of Manav Vikas increased its efforts and worked with more zeal and zest in this tenure of Pandemic. The beneficiaries have lost their hope and were in a state of fear in the lockdown tenure as there was no source of income. Our team at that very time visited all the beneficiaries' places and helped them with Ration kits, sanitizers, masks, made them aware of precautions and vaccinations and also motivated them to focus on their work and restart things with double efforts. After the lockdown, every beneficiary started working again with all zeal and zest. Due to the Pandemic a wave of unemployment, migrants inflation, increased death rate came which really became an add-on to the struggling life of the people. We are firstly making mass awareness in all the five blocks of Sagar district regarding Covid-19, symptoms, medications, precautions, vaccinations. And targetting to reach to the more and more disadvantaged sections of the society to provide our support. We are planning to focus on Livelihood programs, Skill Development programs.

Stories from the ground

Impact story: 42-years-old Rambai Ahirwar of Narayanpura, Sagar District, is a destitute widow whose husband died five years back suffering from TB. Her all savings went into the treatment of her husband. She has five children among them two already got married in front of her husband. Soon after her husband's demise suddenly Rambai's life became a nightmare as all the responsibility and family came on her shoulder. Due to the lack of education, she was unable to get any job and due to the scarcity of money, she was unable to initiate a small business. She started going for laborer work and struggling each day leaving her children at home and earning a small amount of money. Rambai was struggling badly accepting it as her destiny.Intervention: One day the Manav Vikas Seva Sangh team along with the Director visited Narayanpura and there the Director was meeting with every villager to know about their problems. Luckily Rambai also had words with the Director and explained her problems. The Director assured her of the help. Soon the Manav Vikas Seva Sangh team met her and enquired about her. the team asked her that she will get the help of Rs 5000 then how will she utilize that amount. She said to open a grocery store with that amount in her home. The team was satisfied. Rambai was given the amount of Rs 5000 and with that amount, she started her small grocery shop at her home and simultaneously looking after her children.Present situation: Rambai is very happy and satisfied as she is now leading her life with dignity and confidence and with her hard work she has expanded her shop. She is able to earn 4500-5000 monthly and looking after her children also. Rambai is very thankful to Give India and Manav Vikas Seva Sangh for supporting her and giving her a ray of hope to lead a better life.

23 March, 2021

"Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more ". Learn how your financial gift brought smile on the face of Gitabai.


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Gitabai is a 39 year old widow from Rampura village. When her husband passed away, her only concern was about her children. She has to feed her three children (1 son & 2 daughter), and was unable to meet her family's needs. When her husband was alive, she had not actively been involved in any financial matters. Her only known occupation was Beedi making which barely meets the needs of her family.  Her life became complicated as lack of support until one of the MVSS’s staffs found her from the village. MVSS granted Rs.5000 for opening a grocery shop that was received from GiveIndia. At present along with Beedi making she is daily earning around Rs.500 per day from her grocery shop. Now, she is very much confident about her children’s future as she is daily earning a worthy income.

5 August, 2020

Support to the widows


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Support to the widows

With the help of local benefactors and support we receive we are now able to support around 120 deprived and destitute women of our area. We are conducting survey throughout every village and identify the deprived people, widowed women etc. With the economic support we are now helping them in establishing and starting their own employment which helps them run their livelihood. Our main specific focus is on improving the livelihood of the widow women with the support we received from Give India. Currently these deprived women are generating their own employment from the financial gift. They are benefiting from various business activities like tailoring, grocery store, cosmetic items stalls, vegetable stalls, and beauty parlors etc.

19 November, 2019

Women fully managing their lives and jobs


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Women fully managing their lives and jobs

22 July, 2019


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Program Update

We have altogether 150 female groups (1150 target community) in our 25 villages of Sagar district. At present as many as 124 widows are trained and benefited from various income generation programs through intensive laboring, farming and other activities done for sustainable livelihood is not only one single option left for the needy to benefit from, but also plenty of other minute alternatives are also provided for availing of the same. This includes largely purchase of livestock like cow rearing, buffalo rearing, goat rearing, poultry etc also which are better alternatives. To ensure the progress of this programme we have done many activities such as training, house visits, exchange visits and so on

Story from the field

Santri bai barela Santri bai barela is 21 years old women from Umri village. Her husband died in 2015. After that she had been taken care by her grandfather, but last year he deceased that made her a dependent. Apart from losing her husband, she had to face the responsibility of raising her children. She has nobody there to look after her family. Though She has children ,they have not enough mature to take care of her. when MVSS staff visited her house ,the situation appeared even more challenging as she lacked economic opportunities. Her only known occupation was coolly work, which hardly meets the requirements of her family. Her weak financial background made her life miserable. She was barely satisfied her basic needs.
Few months ago she applied MVSS’s income generation programme and sanctioned 5000 rupees that received from Giveindia. Through this attempt we are trying to make an impact on the life of this woman. With this money she expanded her grandfather’s poultry farm. At present, together with her daily wage work, is able to provide a satisfactory life for herself and her children,as she earning additional income as a profit and leading a good life.her children were reentered the school. Now she can manage the farm successfully and in the future as well, as MVSS has given a proper guidance and necessary training for the sustainability.

What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19?50
What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date96
Village/City/State where project is locatedPatkui Bararu PO,Sagar Cantt Sagar-470001, Madhya Pradesh.
Total Budget for the project for FY18-19250000
Total Expenses for the project YTD250000

23 May, 2019


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Program Update

Manav Vikas Seva Sangh (MVSS) is a Human Development NGO. It was registered as a society on 26th December, 1989 under M.P. Firms and Societies Act. We are working for the development of Poor, Vulnerable, Deprived, Marginalized, Tribal and economically weaker section of the society since 1989. MVSS strongly care about their Food Security, Agricultural Farming, health & hygiene, Literacy & education, Water & sanitation, Livelihood & alternative source of income, Women empowerment & gender equality etc. In a nation like India, women are generally treated as second-class citizens and seen as someone to look after the home and bear children. The women and girls are mostly involved in household chores and do not interfere or not allowed to interfere in most of the household affairs. But in most of the Indian villages, the women and girls are very hard working and always busy with the agricultural field for their daily food.
In view of the financial constraints that a family faces, "WOMEN FARMER LED FOOD SECURITY" program will boost to empower the women, and community at large. It will also help them to raise their voice against the ill treatment accorded to them within the family or outside. Hence, this food security program will enable the rural women and girls to learn and enhance their skills, enhancing their confidence level by making themselves self-reliant.

Story from the field

Shrimati Kusum is the wife of late Mr. Dhanoo and resides with her neighbour Srimtai Shanthi Bhai wife of Late Mr. Damodar Patel, in bachloan village of Bararu Sagar district, Madhya Pradesh. Kusum is 44 years of age and Shanthi is 41 years old and stays with 2 sons and 1 daughter. Shanthi Bai lost her husband in 2008. These widows found it very difficult to get a day’s food for themselves and also to feed their children. Every day they both used to go and find labour and in the day’s hot season, tamper their body with heat and sweat. Then also they could not provide much for their families’ needs. Even Suicide was not an option for these hard going women. They came to know about MVSS providing help to widows. Along with them 9-10 other widows came together and approached MVSS on 22nd December asking for help. After investigating their matter and background 7 were selected and provided with the cheques of Rs 5000 each to start a business which will earn them at least for daily living. Kusum and Shanthi has opted for starting a petty shop, buying grocery items at wholesale rate and selling at retail price. She carries her items as mobile and tries to reach house to house selling goods and earning handsomely. Now she need not feel the cry of her children and walk miles in the heat in search of work. She is thankful to MVSS for the support rendered through Give India and eagerly suggests many other to take help to stand on their own feet.

What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date270
Village/City/State where project is locatedSagar
Total Budget for the project for FY18-19250000
Total Expenses for the project YTD250000