Sangavi Mohadi, a village near Aloka in Maharashtra with some 190 households, 126 families of which live below the poverty line, faced migration to urban areas, family disputes and the usual social evils which can fester in such an environment. Against this background, Shri Dinkarrao Onkar Wagh developed a socio-economic development model leveraging the strengths of government, villagers and the banking system. This dynamic convergence brought formation of Self Help Groups (SHGs) for women and Farmers Clubs (FCs) for men. Alongside, waste water management, village sanitation campaign, liquor-free living movement, special programmes for education of bad habits of people and prevention of malnutrition by providing nutritious food to children were taken up. saw many firsts. It empowered women with a path-breaking initiative of making compulsory for all the houses to have names of women on name plates. Efforts were made for bringing general and financial literacy among the villagers. Through the Joint Liability Groupsand SHGs, villagers were given housing loan and investment credit support through Vidharbha Kshetriya Gramin (VKG) bank. A series of such dedicated and inspiring endeavors by the gutsy Shri Wagh ensured overall development of Sangavi Mohadi village. NABARD salutes the spirit and grit of this warrior!
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