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Weekly market is hit among women farmers, saves time and money

'Sanjeevani Yojana' proved to be a lifeline for women.


Weekly Market | Self-help groups are essential in advancing poor women in rural areas. Along with motivating them to move forward, it also provides financial help. The Government of Karnataka helps such self-help groups under the Sanjeevani scheme. There are 32 self-help groups under the Raddera Naganur village union of Gadag district. The women belonging to these self-help groups jointly run the weekly market in the village itself.

Since the village has a weekly market, these women do not have to go far to market or market to sell their produce. This saves on other expenses, including the cost of their transportation.

Weekly market in the village

The women of the earlier groups faced problems finding markets for their produce in the village itself and had to travel long distances. As a result, the transportation cost increased, and the income was less. All the office bearers of Raddera Naganur Grama Sangh took necessary guidance from the officers in charge of Sanjeevani Yojana and then it was decided to open a local weekly market, which would benefit both the buyers and the women. While it became more accessible for the sellers to sell their goods, the buyers found the goods nearby.

There are a total of 702 families living in Raddera Naganur Gram Panchayat. There are 310 families in Ruddera Naganur village, 212 families in Khanapur, and 180 families in Gangapur, whose total population is 4050.

Weekly market
Image Credit: Ministry Of Rural Development

Good Business

The weekly market was launched in 2019. On the first day of opening the market, 56 traders participated, and more than 25 thousand business was done. Before Covid 19 more than 80 traders used to participate in it every week. Its turnover was more than 80 thousand. This also helped increase the income of the poor women of the Self-Help Group, thereby improving their standard of living.

Weekly market
Image Credit: Ministry Of Rural Development

Buyer’s favorite destination

Weekly markets are emerging as the preferred destination for buyers, where fresh produce is available to them and the farmers are also getting reasonable prices by selling here. It is also ensured that there are no middlemen in the market. The weekly market, which started with a few traders, now has about 1700 self-help group entrepreneurs. This type of weekly market helped the rural population, especially the women, to become economically independent.

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