Voluntary Health Association of Tripura (VHAT)

Women Empowerment

A.Women Self Help Groups Project:
Under the support of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), Tripura Regional Office, Voluntary Health Association of Tripura, started implementing the Women Self Help Group (WSHGs) project in May 2013. VHAT has been assigned the activities of the project is West Tripura District to .
The major Objectives of the project are:
1.  Promotion of Women Self Help Groups for participation in Bank Loan Based income generation activities.
2.  More participation and involvement of women in sustainable income generation activities for livelihood enhancement.
3.  Formation of 500 (five Hundred) Women Self Help Groups in west Tripura District.
We organize capacity building and village wise meeting for timely monitoring of the field activity.Regular coordination with the nodal bank branches is going on for WSHGs to make field works sustainable. Orientation workshops  for the SHG leaders .For the capacity building we have collaborated with various govt. and non-government organizations and agency like SIPARD & RUDESETI.

The Nodal Branches of the Banks to support the Women Self Help Group Project are as follows:

Sl. No.
Tripura Gramin Bank
Central Bank Of India
Tripura Gramin Bank
Sidai Mohanpur
State Bank Of India
United Bank Of India
State Bank Of India
Tripura Gramin Bank
United Bank Of India
Tripura Gramin Bank
Tripura Gramin Bank

B. Livelihood & Enterprise Development Programme (LEDP):
This small scheme has been implementing by VHAT since March 2016 in West Tripura District with support from National Bank for Agricultural & Rural Development (NABARD).
The  objectives of the scheme :-
i)         To enhance the capacities of SHG members / their family members through identifying the skill gaps, appropriate skill up gradation, demonstrations and development of livelihood activities in the locality.
ii)        To enhance the income levels of SHG members by improving/ acquiring of skills to take up livelihood activities with credit support of banks.
iii)       To develop a shared vision of change, enhance capacity / knowledge of SHG members for managing their enterprise, business development and marketing
iv)       To provide mentoring services and handholding support for ensuring that trained SHG members establish their livelihood ventures successfully.
This scheme has been implemented in Bamutia and Mandai block. Total 210 Women SHG members were trained through 8 trainings. Mandai block has been chosen as the Agri and allied activities.Pig rearing and mushroom cultivation training were organized for the women member in Mandai block.

C.  E- Shakti Disitization of SHGS:
E-Shakti - Disitization of SHGs was an initiative of Micro Credit and Innovations
Department of NABARD. Keeping in view the Government of India’s mission for creating a digital India, NABARD has launched this project for digitization of all Self Help Groups (SHG) in the country.
Aims and Objectives:
-Integrating SHG members with the National Financial Inclusion agenda;
-Improving the quality of interface between SHG members and Banks for efficient and hassle free delivery of banking services.
-Facilitate convergence of delivery system with SHGs using Aadhaar linked identity.
Benefits of disitization:
-Main-streaming of SHG members with financial inclusion agenda enabling access to wider range of financial services;
-Digitisation of SHG accounts, would increase bankers’ comfort in credit appraisal and linkage of SHGs;
-Automatic and accurate Rating of SHGs would be available online for banks;
-Mapping of persons not covered under Aadhaar platform and bringing them under Aadhaar fold;
-Ease of transfer of social benefits and Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) through Aadhaar linked accounts and convergence with other Government benefits;
-A comprehensive information base and robust MIS can be developed about poor community covered, which may facilitate suitable interventions and convergence of other programme for social and financial empowerment;
-It would help in identifying suitable interventions and support for proper nurturing and strengthening of SHGs.
Components of the Project:
Mapping of the existing SHGs in the district (bank wise, branch wise);
Training of volunteers to collect SHG wise/ member wise data;
Data feeding through a customised software in central server;
Hosting of data on the web under a dedicated website i.e. www.eshakti.nabard.org ;
Maintaining data centre and data recovery centre;
Generating MIS for various users.
The data are to be updated in each month.

From February 2017, VHAT  started E-Shakti Digitization of these WSHGs, which  has been  supported by NABARD.