Mysore Jan 02: Vanavasi Kalyana Karnataka (VKK) seems to be bringing back smiles on the faces of tribal women in remote hamlets of HD Kote and Periyapatna of Mysore district in Karnataka.

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The organisation is imparting education to hundreds of forest-dwelling women and motivating them to take up various vocational activities.

The women who were earlier wasting money and time, are now determined to become self-reliant. They are saving `3,000 to `4,000 a month through Self Hel Groups.

Forty-year-old Chikkamani of Chammayanhalli in HD Kote says: “Earlier, we used to spend our hard-earned money on liquor and beedis. After becoming SHG members, we save `4,000 a month.”

Devamma of Ankanthapura hamlet says: “We are seeking loan from banks to improve the activities of SHGs. Now other women in the hamlet are coming forward to become members of SHGs.”

Vanavasi Kalyana is educating forest-dwellers on various aspects of modern life without giving up their roots. Forest-dwellers are also motivated to take up farming under Krushikendra. As many as 60 volunteers are rendering services in Mysore division.

(Inputs from Indian Express)