Poverty was always with her for Saraswati of Dhanalaxmi self-help group of Hoige Keremane of Kadaba village of Puttur taluk. She could study only upto class three and had to depend on daily labour for livelihood.
Saraswati’s parents conducted her marriage at the age of 18. Still her fate of being poor continued. However, Saraswati had a strong urge to come forward in life. She joined the group in 2003 and trained for tailoring.
Soon after training, she became self-employee and wanted to give job for others. She started a tailoring shop and four women work here continuously. She also gives training on tailoring in two batches. Her husband joined de -addiction camp and formed a Navajeevana Samiti and working as an electrician. They bought Rs. 3 lakh loan from the group on instalments for education of children, to purchase tailoring machine and for ornaments.
Now, Saraswati has come out of her small world and mingles with society. Participates in religious and social events without hesitation. She proudly says that Jnanavikasa programme of Shri Kshethra Dharmasthala Rural Development Project is the main reason for this change in her life.