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Women's Community Group

Women's Community Group



When women work together, communities are transformed! Many of TEAR’s partners facilitate Self-Help Groups that encourage women to support each other and gain skills aimed at creating income and thriving families.

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Women are usually among the most marginalised in communities facing multiple forms of poverty and their daughters usually face the same limitations. However in India, women’s self-help groups like the one pictured here are breaking the cycle. They are empowering the next generation in ways that are creating new stories of hope, thanks to your support for TEAR’s local partner Emmanuel Hospital Association (EHA).

EHA is a fellowship of Christian institutions and individuals that exists to transform marginalised communities through health care and education. In the city of Fatehpur, EHA has brought neighbours together into self-help groups which are teaching women about health care entitlements, employment skills as well as allowing them to save money for group loans.

This particular group of young women are unusual in that the very road they are standing on is a result of their mothers’ hard work in advocating for improvements to their slum. The mother’s group, again supported by EHA, were fed up with their community not having access to a range of support services due to a lack of roads and other infrastructure. Their lobbying of local authorities paid off and now, for example, ambulances can visit their neighbourhood when people need one.

The mothers’ group has also brought about social change once they were educated about their government entitlements to health improvements such as immunisation and health checks. EHA also trained them in nutrition and better hygiene practices that have improved quality of life. And moreover, household relationships have improved as couples have been educated about domestic violence and support services provided to help men deal with alcohol abuse.

While these developments helped improve life for the women’s daughters, EHA recognised that the girls still faced the likelihood of being married off while still teenagers or ceasing their education with few prospects for earning a living. Starting again with education about basic rights and employment skills, the girls can now put their minds and hands to creating new pathways.

One example is Reki, who due to a grant from EHA and encouragement from her group, was able to purchase a sewing machine and sell her crafted goods. The earnings have allowed her to finish school, which means she’s a role model for other young women in her community. And her group is marching down the road of advocacy paved by their mothers, campaigning for electricity to be extended to their village. The future certainly looks very different once women are given an insight into their huge potential.

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