It’s heartening to see a mother of five children managing a nursery for the past 10 years at Besimari block in Darrang district. Dilzjan Begum, who leads a self help group called Santara, has helped other women of her village cross economic barriers in life. There are 10 members in the group, out of which seven women have been actively looking after the nursery.
‘We received a grant of R 2 lakh from the government and we consequently developed our nursery. On 29th October, 2013, we showcased our plants at a mela organised by the Darrang administration,’ says Begum.
The unique operating style of the SHG has reaped dividends and the group members are now financially sound. ‘Our monthly income is around Rs 5,000. Earlier, our male counterparts raised questions about our creditability. But we have shown them the power of women,’ says one of the members.
During the past seven years, the Santara nursery has been growing by leaps and bounds. The nursery has a wide range of flowers, plants and orchids. The success of the nursery has inspired many other women of the area to take up something on their own. ‘We have a great responsibility of running our families. I could not continue my studies because of our poverty. But I want my children to be educated. I will try all possible things to make this happen,’ Begum asserts.