A three-day exhibition titled Rotary Goda Haat was organised to empower women from underprivileged families and tribal communities by RC Nasik Godavari, RID 3030, through microcredit.
The purpose of the expo was to display and sell products made by women from lower income families. “Also, the event gave confidence to them to face the market conditions and manage their business professionally,” said Rajesh Singhal, club president. All the 30 stalls displayed a range of homemade products such as spices, eatables, pooja items, women’s accessories, clothes, a rice variety grown by tribals, handmade envelopes, files, eco-friendly sanitary napkins and carry bags. “While some stalls were let out free of cost, rest were given with small charges to raise microcredit funds for 100 women,” he said.
The club’s microcredit initiative has already reached out to 40 women in three months, and it will further benefit 60 others in the coming months. The expo attracted 4,000 people and most of the visitors bought material from the stalls which spread happiness on the faces of beneficiaries. DG Ramesh Meher and DGN Asha Venugopal were felicitated by project leaders Dr Meenal Palod and Surekha Mahale.