Associate Professor, Department of History and F. C.
Satish Pradhan Dnyanasadhana College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Thane (W). Maharashtra
This paper is based on the researcher’s interaction with Arun Shivkar, director of ‘Sakav’ (NGO) from Pen taluka (tehsil), Manjula Patil, from Kashtakari Mahila Aaghadi and women from the ‘Kasu’, ‘Burdi’, ‘Salinde’, ‘Karanjapet’ villages of Pen taluka. Sakav is working in Pen taluka since 1988. The narrative offers insights into the mobilization of women through micro credit groups, under the banner of ‘Kashtakari Mahila Aaghadi’. Those micro credit groups will be referred to as Self Help Groups in later discussion. The narrative examines how women moved beyond small loans and daily contributions to mending livelihood rights and preserving ecology of the region. The story offers a detailed description of the battle fought by women for the right to livelihood and ecological restoration.
Keywords: micro credit group, mobilization, livelihood rights, ecology