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  SUEB at a Glance
   
 
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Under the leadership of Dr. Priscilla Nirmalakumari a few professionals joined together in March 1986 and registered Society for the Upliftment of the Economically Backward (SUEB) at Chennai, Tamilnadu. They felt that God had blessed them with good education and jobs, but many, especially women in India live below poverty line, only because they lack opportunities to blossom to their full potential. Dr. Priscilla Nirmalakumari was elected as an Ashoka fellow in the 1989 elections. This gave a boost to the activities of SUEB.

What began as a small effort has now grown and SUEB works at present in Chennai, and in the Districts of Kancheepuram, Thiruvannamalai, Vellore, Villupuram in Tamilnadu State and in the Districts of Kohlapur, Sindhudurg in Maharashtra State and Nippani in Karnataka State.
SUEB Started working for the empowerment of women as early as the 1980’s when the concept of Self Help Group (SHG) had not emerged. It is one of the pioneers in promoting the concept of Self Help Groups.
During the year 1990 the Self Help Group Women challenged SUEB saying, “The Leadership Training you are giving is very helpful to us and our families. But we are poverty stricken. Please do something to bring us out of poverty”. SUEB Board responded saying. “We do not have money; but we will borrow on your behalf and lend to you. If you pay back regularly we can help more people”.
So SUEB borrowed Rs.1, 50,000 for 75 Women.  In those days, small Micro Enterprises could be started with as little money as Rs.2000!


Scrap Business

Vegetable Vending 
Goat Rearing Petty Shop
 
Till date we have lent or arranged loans totaling more than Rupees Five Crores (Rs.50,000,000). With the changing environment, the Board decided to undertake Micro Finance activities under a separate entity and registered   Micro Finance Trust in July 2013.
SUEB is helping poor women who had lost their opportunities to study when they were young, by giving them Empowerment training, Vocational Entrepreneur development training [more (connect this to Human Resource Development page)] and loan capital to become self employed.

While SUEB began to help the illiterate and semi-literate women to become self employed, it saw the need of their young children who were not able to go for higher studies after completing school education. So SUEB started a technical school in 1991. Today it has grown into SUEB Development Community Colleges. We are registered with Tamilnadu Open University since 2008 [more (connect this to Education page)].

Thus SUEB Group now consists of following entities: 
  • Society for the Upliftment of the Economically Backward (SUEB)
  • SUEB Micro Finance Trust
  • SUEB Development Community Colleges
Since its inception till date SUEB has “Empowerment of Women and Poverty Alleviation” as its main goal. To achieve this, it follows a multipronged approach [more (connect this to Approach page)]. It empowers the women, personally, socially and economically. This has a “Ripple Effect”. We are able to witness sustainable growth not only in the lives of our Self Help Group members but also in their families and villages.