Past Program’s

SETTING UP OF CO-OPERATIVES

Past Program’s

Prior to SJSM initiating the cooperative, the Khava makers in the region procured milk form the villagers at low rates. They then absconded to the city of Pune leaving their dues unpaid. In 1981, SJSM set up milk co-operative to stand up against this exploitation. In the year 1981, 47 villages producing 2000 liters of milk on daily basis, formed a Milk Cooperative. Success of this cooperative, gave rise to the allied activities such as animal breeding,fodder management and veterinary care etc. As a result a cooperative movement took place in the region and currently, 300 villages benefit from over 450 government schemes that the SJSM participates and or leads through several cooperatives that are formed under the leadership of SJSM. Over the period of time, SJSM exploredseveral other avenues to generate income including fishery, Honey collection, sericulture, cane furniture, blanket making etc. The co-operative movement has helped over 35 cooperative bodiesto establish and settle.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

Past Program’s

In  1977 organisation  started a boarding  school  with  just  5  students.  It increased in strength  to  30  student  in the year  1978-79. After  recognising  this effort,  5  government  recognised schools  were set up in these villages. Today, all 150 villages in this belt have a primary school. But organisation soon realised that higher education was of  prime importance.  For that organisation set up residential school with the aid of the Sahyadri  Gram  Vikas  and  Shikshan Sanstha in 1997.  Besides providing food and shelter, the school  also provides  regular  health check up, library  facility, training  in  herbal  medicine,  Vocational  training etc.  This educational  activity  doesn’t  have any  type of Govt.  grant,  It runs  through people participation only.

MOBILE RATION SHOP

Past Program’s

Back in the days, the villagers needed to trek 24 kilometers to collect their rations from the fair price shop in the neighboring city.Sometimes, after making the arduous journey, they were told by the shop owners to come back next day because the stock was exhausted. Foul play was suspected and subsequently the boat ration shop was set up by SJSM. The boat ration shop is perhaps India’s first and only boat ration shop system sailing down the river, halting at pre-determined stops. It allows villagers to collect their ration from food grains to sugar, from kerosene to other necessary supplies. This innovative programmehas been supporting 22 villages in this region, making their lives slightly less arduous.

DEVELOPMENT THROUGH CREDIT CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY

Past Program’s

Micro finance has been SJSM’s one of the focus areas. SJSM has initiated four major credit cooperative societies. Three of these credit cooperatives are dedicated to thewomen. fourth one is for the predominantly for the shepherd community, which has been traditionally deprived from the development. These four cooperative societies are functional in different geographical areas and are working independently in their respective areas by providing better credit facility for its members to initiate the process of development among the women and deprived communities. These cooperative societies have proven to be effective tool in the sustainable development in the region.SJSM has supported these cooperative societies to become self-sustainable and have reduced its role to build the capacity of its board of directors and staff. In effectively, playing the role of a catalyst has remained SJSM motto.

ORGANISATION STRUGGLE FOR

Past Program’s

Dhangar community constitutes about 40% of the population in the project area and they had a tradition of early child marriages. Coupled with the practice of bride price, this gave rise to marriage brokers in the community who would arrange a second marriage for the girls, get high bride price for the parents and earn a commission for themselves. This led to acrimonious relations in the community and the poor people had to suffer the brunt.A campaign was carried out against child-marriages in the community from 1982 to 1987. The campaign received widespread support from youths and SJSM has been successful in bringing an endto this practice.

WOMEN EMPOWERMENT

Past Program’s

SJSM began its special programme for women by providing them vocational training in various skills like tailoring, pickle and papad making to encourage them to be self-confident and self-reliant.Shramjivi Women’s cooperative was set up in 1996 andits current membership is made up of over 700 women. In over 86 villages with more than 2500 women are its members. 350 women have completeda tailoring courseas part of this cooperative. SJSM promoted women’s self-help groups (SHG). It encourages women to save and enhance their income generation activities through loan support. It also organizes social, educational, cultural and health care programmes for women through this cooperative society.

HEALTH FOR EVERYONE THROUGH AYURVEDA

Past Program’s

SJSM’s another area of focus is creating awareness about health and medical care on day to day basis. A first aid kit was prepared for each village in consultation with the Vaidus and BAMS doctors to cover minor ailments such as fever,diarrhea,cold cough,aches.Training on proper administration ofthese medicines and other important tips was provided to the women of the villages.Six trained Vaidus have been appointed for treatment at the primary level in the village. The Vaidus seek help from the Rammala Hospital for further treatment if required.

PEOPLE STRUGGLED

Past Program’s

Although the Koyna Dam surrounds the region, water scarcity has always plagued the project area. In an attempt to obtain ground water, a few siteswere identified.These were 20-25 feet below the surface. Initial surveys done by the government showed no catchment areas for water.Desperate for water, the villagers started digging by themselves and constructed a 200 ft. tanks outside their villages. Over the period of time, These tanks not only stored the water but also worked as water harvesters. As a result, the villagers started securing a good harvest. Following the success of this experiment 35 tanks have been built in the project area; 3 of these have been built by SJSM and the other 32were supportedbythe government. These tanks have been providing much needed water to the villages in the project area. It is also helping them with the large scale farming activities and cattle rearing. This initiative gave rise to SJSM’s foray into supporting the local community in their basicneeds like provision of drinking water, electricity, tar roads and other amenities in every village.

GOVERNMENT PROGRAM

Past Program’s

•C. M. Fund
•CAPART – New Dehil
•Zilha Parishad Satara
•Social Forestry – Satara
•Khadi Gramodyog (K.V.I.C.)
•About Koyna Sanctuary Issue
•Government mobile fair price shop
•District Rural Development Agency Satara (D.R.D.A.)
•Rehabilitation with Koyna Dam Affected People
•District Deputy Register, through Co-operative. (Peoples Institution)

OTHER NOTABLE ACTIVITIES

Past Program’s

• Trained 120 local youths through local leadership development prog. (1979-80)
• 300 youth training through TRYSEM (1984-90)
• 190 Villages hand pump prog. Through UNICEF (1992)
• Implementation of Central Govt. & UNFPA Reproductive & Child Health Programme (1999-2002)
• Under the central govt. Drought Prone Area Programme development of 10 watershed on 5700 ha area .(2002-07)
• Central Govt. supported Dept. of Science & Technology’s “Uses of Medicinal Plant for the Health Project ’’ (2004-07)
• World Bank assisted Govt. of Maharashtra Water & Sanitation Project (Jalswarajya) (2002-04)

Research And Study

Past Program’s

1. A study of traditional dairying practices of Gavli Dhangars with a view to make appropriate changes for increasing productivity (1982).
2. A study of social customs and their effects on social development and change (1985).
3. A study of traditional health system in Western Ghats (Koyna region) (1989).
4. A study of situation of the people living in Koyna sanctuary area.(1996).
5. A Rural NGO effort in Income Generation Co-operatives.(1995).

Katkari Mind Set An Action Report