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The Piggy Banks of Rampura

23 Jun 2016 in finance,financial literacy,karnataka,personal development,rural empowerment,rural women,rural women leaders,savings,Self-Shakti,self-sufficiency

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Venkatlakshmamma with her piggy bank. It catches our eye as soon as we enter the anganwadi center (government-run day care) in Rampura - four piggy banks occupy pride of place on a small shelf on the wall. We’ve come to meet Venkatalakshmammma, the anganwadi teacher and her assistant Sowbhaghya, who’s

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Buzz Gelathi Prathima: What’s in a name? (Part III)

23 Jun 2016 in finance,financial literacy,karnataka,livelihoods,personal development,rural empowerment,rural women,Self-Shakti,self-sufficiency

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Buzz Gelathi Prathima of Agrahara Hosahally In the dusty back roads of the Malur villages, the Buzz Gelathis shape a quiet revolution Agrahara Hosahally is not only a mouthful, it’s also a long way off from Malur. We’re going to meet Prathima, the Buzz Gelathi who had impressed the audience

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‘Why don’t you come in and have a cup of coffee?’

15 Mar 2016 in education,finance,karnataka,kolar,rural empowerment,rural india,rural tales,women

By buzzadmin

  Driving through the washed-out, slush-filled village roads in Malur, I marvel that life still goes on despite the dismal conditions. I watch a little child with plastic covers wrapped around his feet like bandages, his makeshift shoes; he wades expertly through ankle deep slush. I hold my breath: Will

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Sujatha’s story

31 Dec 2014 in finance,karnataka,kolar,rural,rural tales,savings,women

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“I am from Umloo village in Kolar District .I was working in a garment factory near my village. It was a struggle managing the home along with going to work. After coming to Buzz India training I asked myself why shouldn’t I start my own business so that I can earn

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Lakshmi gate crashed Self-Shakti training

28 Jul 2014 in finance,karnataka,rural india,savings,story,women

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My journey to India

4 Apr 2014 in education,finance,karnataka,rural empowerment,rural india,rural tales,savings,women

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It was the 19th of March, Malur (India). It would be an unforgettable and impressive day. Please let me share my story with you. At 8.30 am on a sunny morning we left Bangalore for a 2 hour drive to the village Malur. We couldn’t find the exact location we

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Self-Shakti trainer Chandrashekaraiah’s perspective

1 Dec 2013 in finance,karnataka,rural empowerment,rural india,savings,women

By buzzadmin

In the last 14 months as a Self-Shakti trainer on the ground for me has not been about just delivering content, It is about delivering a programme which is transformational for the women while empathizing with their situation. There are many transformations in the women that I see, some are immediate

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Workshop on sustainable innovation

30 Sep 2013 in finance,karnataka,rural empowerment,rural india,savings,women

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Annet van de Laak on her visit to Self-Shakti program

30 Jul 2013 in finance,karnataka,rural india,savings,women

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During a stay of ten days at the Better Future office in Bangalore I have the privilege to join BUZZ for two days together with the Chief Changemaker of Buzz India, Uthara Narayanan. After a drive of almost 2 hours outside the city of Bangalore we have a breakfast together

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Learning book-keeping

17 Jan 2013 in finance,karnataka,rural empowerment,rural india,savings,women

By buzzadmin

Different women take home different things from our business consulting sessions with them. Some learn about attracting more customers, communicating better, managing their loans, saving more, cutting down costs etc. It depends on what their learning expectations are and what they struggle with in their business and life. Shaheen Taj

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Shobha is making profits

13 Oct 2012 in education,finance,karnataka,rural empowerment,rural india,savings,women

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Shobha came to us and said she wanted a loan. We are happy to announce that within 2 months of taking the Self-Shakti Program reaching her, she has opened her boutique by financing her capital amount partly from her savings and partly from her cousin. She moved her tailoring business from within her home

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Panel discussion on Economic Empowerment of Women

12 Sep 2012 in finance,karnataka,rural empowerment,rural india,savings,women

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Uthara Narayanan received an invitation to be part of a panel discussion on economic empowerment of women. It was an excellent forum to present Buzz India. Buzz India was presented as a mechanism to increase participation of women in the economic process through building their financial and entrepreneurial capability. The audience

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Aisha – Alive

31 Jul 2012 in finance,karnataka,rural empowerment,rural india,savings,women

By buzzadmin

Do you remember the feeling you get when you find a 10 rupee/euro/dollar bill in your pocket unexpectedly? Such a thrill, isnt it? Thats exactly the look that Aisha had on her face after we did the ‘financial goals’ session during the second phase of our pilot. We had asked

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