Kudumbashree completes 25 years

Kudumbashree completes 25 years

News: Kudumbashree is the largest network of women in Kerala for empowerment and poverty eradication, which has completed 25 years recently.

What is Kudumbashree?
 Kudumbashree is a women’s self-help group network and poverty eradication program in the state of Kerala. The name Kudumbashree in Malayalam language means ‘prosperity of the family’.
 Kudumbashree was set up in 1997 following the recommendations of a three member Task Force appointed by the State government.
 Its formation was in the context of the devolution of powers to the Panchayat Raj Institutions (PRIs) in Kerala, and the Peoples’ Plan Campaign, which attempted to draw up the Ninth Plan of the local governments from below through the PRIs.

Important achievements:
 It has helped women become independent, successful entreprenuers.
 It has established “Janakeeya Hotels” across the state, offering affordable meals. Currently, it operates 125 restaurants providing meals for just Rs 20.
 It has empowered women in true sense. Not just economically but politically as well. It has enabled women’s participation in local bodies after enforcing 33% women’s reservation policy.
 It donated money during Floods in Kerala and provided counselling to flood affected families in Kerala.
 The network also supplied essential services, masks, sanitizers during the pandemic.
 Kudumbashree’s success in poverty reduction was highlighted by studies and surveys, including the Multidimensional Poverty Index by NITI Aayog.

 Kudumbashree has been was a turning point in the lives of women in Kerala and has helped uplift the social and political mobility of women. For women, it is “the entry point to public life.” 

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