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Mrs SHOBHA BHAGWAT PAWAR
I am going to narrate my story explaining how the Self Help Group of MBUP has transformed my life….! We were a family of five with husband doing a welder's job.We also had a farm . However the income was limited and we had to depend on Private money –lenders for our survival. The interest rates were exorbitantly high and we got into a vicious circle. i.e to repay the loan , you borrow more money. We were going through this financial crisis when I was introduced to Self Help Groups being run by Mata Balak Utkarsha Pratishthan.The flexibility of borrowing terms and the easy installments were attractive. I joined the group named “ Dhanalashmi “ and borrowed money to purchase a buffalo. I could repay the loan quickly and borrowed further to purchase Jersey cows this time. With every success my confidence grew

and Idecided to go in for grape plantation. With the SHGs we not only rescued ourselves from the clutches of ruthless money lenders , but could lead a prosperous life as well. All the credit goes to Mata Balak for showing me the path of success…!

I faced unbearable mental problems during the admission of my son into the Engineering College at Pandharpur. Members at the Mata Balak's “ Family Counseling Centre “ provided me the much desired mental relief during this period.

However the greatest support I got from the organization was from the “ Aarogyakosh “ ( A treasury for those in need for urgent medical expenses ). My son got operated for removal of tonsils, my daughter got the treatment for a fractured hand and I got operated on my uterus only due to INETEREST FREE LOANS” from Aarogyakosh.

One of my SHG's group member ladies was being operated at a hospital in Sangola. Suddenly complications developed and she was required to be rushed to a well equipped hospital in Solapur . Aarogyakosh came to rescue. I could get the necessary funding from Aarogyakosh and I could shift her to Solapur where she got the necessary medical aid and was saved. Several such examples could be narrated where the patients were saved primarily due to the availability of funds from Aarogyakosh at a very short notice.

Ladies from Mata Balak Utkarsha Pratishthan have shared our grievances , provided valuable support and have also taught us to propagate the same legacy to those who are still suffering …! I am indebted to MBUP and wish to remain so forever ... !!!