“Namaste! I am Sangita Dipakrao Shende, 39 years old. I live in Songaon village of Chandur block of Amravati district.

My husband is an agricultural labourer. I have two children Divya (15 years) and Gaurav (12 years), studying in 9th and 6th class respectively. I am a member of my village women’s self help group and also of the Women’s Village Development Committee (a block level women’s collective formed by village women with the help of Apeksha.

Before Apeksha entered our village, we were not aware about what our rights are and what different schemes by government are. I participated in various trainings. Gradually I became more confident and decided to start my own business. I took a loan of Rs.20, 000 from my self help group and started a grocery shop two years ago. I earn Rs.100-150 as profit every day. I have repaid the loan and also am saving to invest more in the shop and do other business. Besides this, I also cook and sell meals to a nearby business at Rs.60/meal, and earn an income of Rs.6, 000 in a month

My hands are full with all the household chores, looking after my children and my business. I want to further develop my business and help other women like me.

Thanks to my SHG, Apeksha and my family.