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SUEB Group’s Approach

We believe that most people are poor because of the accident of birth. Because they are born in poor families they lack the opportunities available to children born in affluent families. If we provide opportunities for poor people, they will be able to break the Cycle of Poverty.

Let us together break the cycle of poverty. If opportunities are provided to them they can either be self employed or find a salaried job and come out of the cycle of poverty.

We always follow a Participatory Approach. Our plans and policies are made in consultation with the poor, the staff, the Board and the Donors. The following model for sustainable development is being used for the past 25 years and it has brought many people out of  the cycle of poverty.
 
Phase I
Most often SUEB’s entry point into a village is formation of Self Help Groups (SHG) of 15 to 20 women. They save Rs.100 per month and lend that money to their own group members for emergency needs such as: medical expenses, educational expenses, domestic needs, etc.

Earlier for these needs, they used to go to the local money lenders, who charged exorbitant interest rates. But now they are able to borrow from their own group and pay it back according to their convenience. Membership in Self Help Group gives them a great sense of  belonging and peer support.
Phase II
Most of the women with whom we work are either semi literate or illiterate. Only 5% of the women have completed school education! Most of them are landless labourers. They depend on seasonal work and do not get regular income. They are given vocational training and entrepreneur development training. Being poor they do not have any capital to start or develop their Micro Enterprises. When loans are given to them, they are able to develop their business and grow gradually. Groups which initially took a loan of Rs.4,000 per person are now able to take up to Rs.35, 000 per person because their enterprises have grown.
Phase III
We train the SHG women in Social, Life Skills, and Empowerment Education [more (connect this to Human Resource Development page)]. Women become more aware and courageous. Women begin to take more interest and involved in Social issues and other issues that affect their communities / villages. They are able to protect the rights of women and children and prevent social evils.
Phase IV
When there are a few Self Help Groups in a village, their influence becomes considerable in that village. For example in a village where there are 300 households, if  there are 5 Self Help Groups, then 25% of women in that village receive Social and Empowerment  Education through SUEB. Village Panchayat Raj Meetings (Grama Sabha meeting: on Jan 26, May 1, Aug 15 and Oct 2) take place 4 times a year.

All the main concerns and development issues of a village are to be discussed and recorded for further action. Earlier, mostly only men took an active role in these meetings. But now the SHG members are actively participating in these meetings and their voices are heard.

Besides various activities are undertaken through SUEB which leads to overall development of the village. It results in: basic facilities, additional support for the village schools, better health, improved farming practices, social change and prosperity of the villages. Incorporated into the SUEB Model for Sustainable Development are the four Major Themes in which we work. They are:
 
IMPACT
SUEB’s ultimate goals are Poverty Elimination and Empowerment of Women, their families and villages/communities. To achieve this, SUEB follows the above mentioned multi-pronged approach. The Self Help Group women are first empowered. Their enlightenment and empowerment leads to better educational opportunities for their children, especially girls, better food/nutrition, and improved quality of life for their families. They begin to take interest and get involved in the development of their villages. Thus SUEB’s journey accompanying them, gives the SUEB SHG women courage, skills and resources to break the cycle of poverty, not only for themselves but also for their villagers. They emerge as self-confident and self-sufficient women.