Pariwar Mahila Bachat Gat Kalamb, Taluka Indapur
The quartet of Mrs. Zakia Iqbal Tamboli,
Mrs. Swati Mahesh Prabhune, Mrs. Rupali
Balasaheb Mohite and Mrs. Surekha Vinod Humbe,
are middle class residents of Kalamb, a small village
in the Indapur taluka of Pune District.
Their day to day chores revolved around
working in the fields of other people and support
their families through it. Inspired by the success of
the Self Help Groups formed by the women from
nearby villages, they established the Pariwar Mahila
Bachat Gat on 22nd September 2014. The first
decided objective of the group was to buy a sewing
machine and provide tailoring services.
Around this time, the Pune Zilla Parishad
had organised a training camp for women’s SHG’s
during which they were introduced to Mr. Balasaheb
Nagre of the Sharda Mahila Sangh. Mr. Nagre soon
introduced them the Mrs. Sunanda Pawar, Trustee,
Sharda Mahila Sangh. Hon. Mrs. Sunandatai, in the
first meeting itself, informed them about the various
types of cloth products in the textile market. She also
suggested them to combine their current product
ideas with modernity and creativity and assured
them that Sharda Mahila Sangh would always stand
by them and from this moment started the inspiring
and novel journey of the Pariwar Bachat Gat.
The Pariwar Bachat Gat innovatively came up with the idea to produce Babywear which were
made from a special ‘Cotts-Wool’ material. After the
production was streamlined, Mrs. Sunandatai put
the women of Pariwar SHG in touch with Doctors
and Medical professionals. In the first face, a capital
of twenty thousand was raised with an investment of
5000 per head by the members. The Sharda Mahila
Sangh provided them with sufficient cloth and designs required for the business.
In the first month itself the Pariwar SHG
sold Babywear worth Rs. 30,000 to 5 hospitals.
These women came to realize that no enterprise is
worthless and that if one can supplement it with
innovation and technology, anyone can become a
Gradually, they started reaching out
to doctors, putting up stalls during medical
programmes and meets, Putting up a stall during
the Bhimthadi Jatra and advertised their products.
They also started getting enquiries about their
products and this increased the demand manifolds.
Usually newborns are wrapped in cotton
cloth. The care to check if the cloth is disinfected,
if it is clean, is not taken. Which increases the risk
of infections for the newborn. Hence, the products
of Pariwar are disinfected. It is also checked for
cleanliness before sales. Mrs. Sunanda Pawar herself
puts in minute attention to maintaining the quality
of the products made by the Self Help Groups. The
idea to brand the products with the names or logos
of the respective hospitals also hers. Within a year
the SHG had started distributing their products to
hospitals from Baramati, Indapur, Akluj, Phaltan,
Pandharpur and surrounding areas.
In a span of 2 years, the Pariwar Self help
group achieved a turnover over measuring multiple
lakhs. This enterprise which started with a capital
of 20,000 rupees now holds a capital worth lakhs
of rupees. This has also helped inspire other women
from different villages to gather confidence about
being entrepreneurs and realizing their dreams.