Women in Jammu and Kashmir are embarking on the path to entrepreneurship, aided by soft loans and training from the Umeed scheme.
The program is run by the National Rural Livelihoods Mission.
The Mission aims to reduce poverty by building strong grassroots institutions for the poor and engaging them in remunerative livelihoods.
JKRLM has now emerged as a movement. With 1 lakh rural women falling under this ambitious mission in the current financial year, it is now a network of 5 lakh women who are taking the path of economic development, an official said.
JKRLM has a mandate to reach 66% of the rural population across the 125 former blocks by helping them engage in sustainable livelihood opportunities, the official said.
He said the mission follows these women beneficiaries until they come out of poverty and enjoy a decent quality of life.
The program is being implemented in 96 blocks spread over 20 districts.
So far, more than 4 lakh poor women have been integrated into self-help groups (SHGs), while 4,185 village organizations and 442 cluster-level federations have been formed, the official said.
He said members contributed Rs 135.98 crore from their own savings. Bank accounts have been opened for all self-help groups, meeting the 100% target, he said.
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