Women Empowerment

Women Empowerment

SKDRDP not only provides financial aid to the women but empowers them. With the loans, people are equipped with the abilities to make something for their future and to improve their standard of living. Also it bestows upon them the responsibility of them making their own decisions and controlling their fate. Empowering the poor and enabling them with the capabilities is what SKDRDP strives to do with its programs.

The 2 Parts of women empowerment programmes are

  • Jnanavikasa- Flagship women empowerment programme.
  • Gelathi - A counseling program.


The women in rural areas have little opportunity to express their talents, views and skills in any forum. They are tied up with their household duties, taking care of family. Jnanavikasa is a forum for women to develop their skills, express their talents and empower themselves in the company of the rural community. For this purpose a separate programme has been developed by SKDRDP. Ably guided by Smt. Hemavathi Heggade, trustee of SKDRDP, this programme has reached out to more than 5,000 villages bringing in 3,00,000 women. They undertake capacity building program, awareness programs once in a month for about two hours at a common centre.

This program mainly concentrates on 6 subjects like- health and hygiene, family harmony, nutrition, importance of education, utilization of government facilities and self-employment.

The women involve themselves in discussions related to the way of living and improving livelihood, creation of awareness in women and family, developing self –confidence, self-reliance and physical appearance, promotion of women empowerment, social mobilization process. They also visit various places like the court, police station, hospitals, successful women enterprises etc., to understand the world around them. They part take in many a cultural activities. They contribute to learning from each other. This successful programme has built the confidence of women.


Vatsalya-Support to the infirm

SKDRDP has been empathizing with destitute, vagabonds, the old, the infirm. For this purpose SKDRDP has been giving monthly pensions to such families who are unable to meet the expenses of such destitute persons. Taking a step forward Smt. Hemavathi Amma conceived a project of providing a lasting support to the unfortunate beings in the community who are unable to work and who had nobody to take care of. A detailed survey was launched to identify such people who were left out by the community in different villages and towns. The survey revealed pathetic conditions in which these people lived. Problems like lack of money to purchase medicines, food etc. were noticed. Many people did not have basic necessities like warm cloths, a shelter, drinking water, toilet. There were people who could not move out of the house because of the ailments. A plan of action was drafted to support such people with amenities and assistance required to make them comfortable. To begin with, kits were distributed to all such people. The kits contained basic amenities and warm cloths for spending their night comfortable.

The programme was titled “Vatsalya” by Smt. Hemavathi V. Heggade. She personally lead a team of workers who reached out to suffering people in far corners of the state. After providing the basic amenities monthly pensions have been sanctioned to 18,179 families/ individuals. Local support is sought to take care of such destitute people. The Jnanavikasa coordinators was specially trained to identify the people requiring special assistance and supporting them.


Counseling is an effective means to help people out of distress and difficulties, to bring them back on track. SKDRDP has established a counseling center at Belthangady to help women who need support. The center called Gelathi offers the services of a sociologist, an advocate, a psychologist and a doctor, who provide counseling services to the women on demand. Initially the women in villages seek counseling from the village level worker, who acts as a point of reference. The services are given free of cost. If required the counseled is referred to hospitals for treatment. Legal aid is also given in times of need.

The role of a woman as bread earner, house keeper and social link within the family creates tremendous pressure on a young woman, especially when she comes to a new family through marriage. Additionally, she is not well equipped to accept this challenging role. She often has no formal coaching for performing the said roles either from her parents or from the schools. The stress felt by the women is expressed in the form of physical illness or behavioral changes. This will complicate matters at home, which could result in strained relations, perceived illness and disturbed mental status.