Village Financial Services believes that women have a unique position in every society. Real development cannot take place if it bypasses women. VFS is a major role player in empowering employment among rural women. One such women is Mamoni Monadal of charchandanbati village, KalyanI. Her husband, Tulsi Mondal is a daily labour, who could not fulfill the basic needs of the family including his son and aging parents. He was not being able to give his son primary education. Also, he was unable to give proper medicine for his aging parents.
Mamoni was determined to build a future for herself and her son. Also she wanted to support her husband in running the family smoothly. In 2010 she happened to meet a representative from VFS, which was a God gifted opportunity for her. Mamoni became beneficiaries of Micro finance services – an initiative by Village Financial Services that supports the poorest of the poor in remote areas of the country to help them meet their basic needs and become self-sufficient .First, she took a loan of Rs. 5000/- from VFS and started making panipuri at home. They used to sell them in the local area. Gradually, she was able to grow her business of making panipuri. She took multiple loans from VFS. Stating from Rs. 5000/- Now her outstanding loan is Rs. 25000/- . Now she has replaced her small hut with a building, her son is going to school.
Mamoni started with nothing, and was constantly pushed back by society. But she never gave up, and now, her son has a good life. She is living with a power of a mother’s love and a woman’s strength. This has created a new future not just for her son it has empowered her to help other women like herself. The training provided by VFS has given her the confidence to take immediate action.
“The knowledge I gained from the training from VFS has entered my bones, not just my head,” Mamoni siad.