Theni Mavatta Pengal Samuga Porulathara Munnetra Sangam (TPSPMS) is a collective of women members and works for the empowerment of marginalized women in the district through various holistic development programmes. It currently has a membership of 1,537 women. It empowers them by creating Self-Help Groups, providing skill training, facilitating access to government schemes, HIV/AIDS prevention awareness and care, legal aid and other counselling services, etc. The NGO is supported by Swasti for the HIV AIDS prevention project supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Some of the activities for FY14 were as follows:
Promotion of SHGs for women empowerment & economic development:80 SHGs have been promoted by TPSPMS so far covering 967 members. Internal loans are given from the SHGs to members at an interest rate of 2% per month. 28 SHG members have been enrolled for Life Insurance under Janashree Bima Yojana (JBY) scheme.
Arumbugal Children’s Forum: 40 children from the age group of 6-18 years are the members of this forum which meets once in six months. During the year a cultural event was held where 200 children of members participated. School bags and notebooks for 12 poor children in this forum was distributed with support from local donors.
Support for People Living with HIV (PLHIV): CBO provides food support to 45 PLHIV in the district. Children of PLHIV are given career guidance and scholarship support for continuing their education.
Social entitlements: TPSPMS facilitates its members to avail voter ID, ration card, old age pension (OAP), etc. During the year 70 members were supported for getting OAP, Aadhaar card and widow pension.
Resource Mobilisation: During the year a mega cultural event was organized to raise funds for its activities. More than Rs53,000 was raised during the event by sale of tickets and sponsorship for cultural programmes.
Income Rs4 lac
Expense Rs3 lac
Source : Audit Report 2014
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