SOCIETY FOR PUBLIC EDUCATIONAL CULTURAL TRAINING AND RURAL ACTION
Turning Ratakhurd into a Model Gram Panchayat
Effective institutionalising of processes resulted in good governance benefitting both the institution as well as the community.
Our partner SPECTRA collectivized women into SHGs, while simultaneously systemizing processes within the group. They also introduced innovative livelihood strategies which saw a significant increase in the income of these women within a short span of time. This resulted in their monthly contribution to the SHG rise from Rs. 10 in 2014 to Rs. 100 in 2019.
We asked ourselves what does it take to enable a lasting impact on millions of people and make meaningful improvements in their lives. SPECTRA answered our question by achieving breakthrough results in improving economic health of the rural community. By supporting SPECTRA, we created a Model Gram Panchayat in Ratakhurd village in Rajasthan.
Together, we built a community of women. Nearly 7000 women mobilised to form 569 SHGs with the sole aim of increasing their income through planned livelihood interventions. Livestock rearing was introduced to the community, Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs) were initiated while the community simultaneously adopted advanced practices in farming. All across women were leading the intervention. We know that changes at any level that doesn’t include women and girls are not holistic in nature, and that is why we focussed on an inclusive development. Communitisation paved the way for financial linkages. With improved access to finance, SHG served as a platform for socio-economic empowerment of women. It allowed income generating activities for women and increased their contribution to family earnings, resulting in improved social status for them.
Our support to SPECTRA led to enhanced household income, improved standard of living, women led community ownership and behavioural change at the community level. We witnessed a rise of 74.5% in the number of people practising improved agriculture. With increasing income, 325 families moved in pucca houses. Nearly 80% families own a television, a slightly less percentage of people own refrigerator and nearly 100% own mobile phones. In fact, families sending their children to school increased from 44.8% to 84.4%.