Mumbai 26th August, 2021: Grand Maratha Foundation, a non-governmental organisation in Maharashtra distributed 20 Sewing Machines to Farmer Widows and Families that are suffering financial pressure following the death of their sole breadwinner by suicide initiative SWADHAR– Farmer Widows Empowerment Program is to help these women become financially independent, help support their families and improve their living conditions.
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The sewing machines were handed out amidst the presence of MrJagdishJayaswal (Block officer Tehsil Yavatmal), Ms. Sujata Manwar (Talathi Wai ), Mr. Gopal Dattaji Narote (Major in Indian Army – Resident of Wai village), Mr. BhavikThak (Coordinator), Ms .Ranjana Aade (Social Worker) and Mr. Prakash Aarekar (Chairperson Draupadisanstha).
The distribution activity was conducted under the guidance of Ms Madhavi Shelatkar, Trustee, Grand Maratha Foundation and Mr Rohit Shelatkar, Founder, Grand Maratha Foundation.
Discussing the importance of this aid Rohit Shelatkar, Film Producer & Founder, Grand Maratha Foundation said, “COVID has affected the farmers beyond anticipation leading to rise in theirsuicide rates due to debt.SWADHAR is an initiative by Grand Maratha Foundationto help the widowsf the farmers to improve their social and economic status in order to provide for their families. We are alsoamidst planning to provide education and skill development training regarding stitching and tailoring to these beneficiaries in the coming months. “
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About Grand Maratha Foundation:
GMF provides all-round educational support to farmers, including lessons on fair pricing to efficient distribution and modern techniques so as to empower the farmers in creating a better livelihood for them and break the vicious circle of debt and poverty. With a special focus on Vidarbha, Grand Maratha Foundation also provides financial help to empower the farmers by providing their children with the best education. The Foundation has also spurred allied activities in the agrarian and rural sector which involves widows, providing them a means for earning their livelihood. They have also introduced and encouraged e-Learning through the donation of computers to schools. The Foundation is active in the regions of Akola, Amravati, Yavatmal, Chandrapur, and Nagpur in Maharashtra taking care of all-round development of farmers and their families. The aim is to get farmers be future-ready by minimizing the operational glitches and empowering them to live a better life.
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