Feb 1, 2020
About the Charity
About JeevanTirth: JeevanTirth literally meaning “Life Pilgrimage” was established on 14 July 1997. JeevanTirth mainly works in the fields of Education, Environment, Tribal Initiative, Urban Initiative, Women Empowerment, Vocational Training and Child Rights. As part of its Urban Initiative, Jeevan Tirth began working with the biggest slum of Ahmedabad, Ramapir No Tekro and its surrounding regions like Ganeshnagar, Balolnagar, Ranip-Nirnaynagar in 2009-2010. The Rag Picker’s Self Help Group Approximately 7000 women from Ramapir No Tekro and nearby slums work late into the night or begin their day at 3am to collect garbage from the streets. They make Rs.70-80 daily by selling this to scrap dealers. This amount is hardly enough to make ends meet. With guidance and help from JeevanTirth, 1300+ such women are now able to save Rs.200 on a monthly basis. This helps them manage their other expenses and also obtain household items like wheat, rice, oil, gas connection, etc. at a lower cost and in instalments by “Aapni Dukan”, which is a fair price shop of the women, for the women, by the women. Life related training is also given to the women during group and monthly meetings. In order to strengthen the rag pickers SHGs, JeevanTirth is exploring the potential to have a full-fledged “Rag-Picker’s Women Development Centre” by the year 2020-21. They are also in the process of forming a “JeevanTirth Women’s Credit Cooperative Society” so that the rag pickers become self-reliant in managing their own hard earned money.
The cost of strengthening the rag pickers self-help group for the year 2019-20 is around Rs.8.75 Lacs. YVO intends to channelize the donation received for October 2019 towards the personnel, training and other costs associated with this project.