Devla (Orissa), Apr 8 (ANI): A large number of women in Devla village of Orissa, are becoming self-reliant with the help of a self-help group, founded by an illiterate tribal woman.
Padma Bhotra, a tribal woman, won several awards and recognition, including the best volunteer award from the United Nations.
She has founded a self-help group in Devla village of Nabrangpur district, in a bid to improve their living conditions in the years to come.
Bhotra, with scores of other women of her village are engaged in farming and sell their produce in market. With their tireless efforts, the members of this self-help group are capable of earning a reasonable income.
Besides providing employment, the self-help group is also involved in other social activities.
"We opened a school for our children. We also distribute kerosene oil in the village. We sell paddy and rice as well. We also created a fund for the treatment of pregnant women at hospital," said Bhotra.
Villagers thanked Bhotra for bringing light to their lives.
"Bhotra taught us the real way to lead the life. We work in our agricultural fields. Our children are getting education in schools," said Mahori Majhi, a villager.
They feel that Bhotra is a source of inspiration for other women. y Sharda Lahangir (ANI)