Social and Economic Empowerment through Rotary RCPN & DISHA Cow Project for Women

SHILPA KASHELKAR
Posted February 1, 2019 from India
Towards Empowerment
Beneficiary Woman & her Family
Beneficiary Woman & her Family (1/2)

Accepting Challenge 

By the end of May, 2019 we have purchased total 300 cows with support of Rotary and have given to the 300 women beneficiaries from Maval Taluka and Mulshi Taluka of Pune District, Maharashtra State, India.

During  project period, we have conducted more than 40 market visits in 6 cow markets within Maharashtra State, with overnight journey from 5 to 15 hours and stay before and after of cow purchase, in the market cities. I traveled by  number of vehicles arranged by beneficiary families such as tempo, pick up, tempo travelers etc., with minimum 5 to maximum 20 male members from beneficiary families and with my team members.

Still we have long way to go and have plan to reach more and more women for social and economic empowerment. Our intervention has also helped Dairy industry and Dairy cooperatives of state. This project is not only about giving cow but reaching to marginalized and vulnerable families and groups and supporting them for livelihood, sustainable development and respective life. 

I am really thankful to Rotary, RCPN, my organization DISHA and team and for keeping trust on me and helping me to explore my leadership for dairy industry, sustainable livelihood, human cause and women empowerment.

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Jill Langhus
Feb 01, 2019
Feb 01, 2019

Hi Shilpa,

How are you doing? Thanks for sharing your promising update. I hope that these women really benefit from the purchases of your cows. How has it impacted these women in the project period?

Hope you're having a good day.

Wusufor
May 20, 2019
May 20, 2019

Haha, you are a very interesting person. You kept me laughing after viewing your opening image. Cow project and hence we must see the cow. Thanks for sharing.

Urmila Chanam
Jul 27, 2019
Jul 27, 2019

Dear Shilpa,
Thank you so much for the commendable work you, Disha and your partners are doing jointly for ensuring economic sustainabiity of families in Maharashtra. Do you also have a plan to train these beneficiaries on animal husbandry, milk production and marketing? I have enjoyed your post and picture a lot and can make out the personal sacrifices you have made to do this work. Hats off to you. Keep writing, keep marching ahead.

Love and prayers,
Urmila Chanam

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